In Events, Survivors

Nausea and vomiting are two very common and unpleasant side effects of cancer treatment. In this month’s Teal Talk, MOCA Community Support Program Manager Stefanie Gliniany shares ways to help manage these symptoms.

If you’re experiencing nausea and vomiting as a result of your cancer treatment, make sure to talk to your doctor about medication available to relieve or even prevent these symptoms. Other self-care strategies may also help.

  • Eat small meals and snacks throughout the day, instead of large meals.
  • Avoid any foods that make you feel sick or that have a strong odor. These could include foods that are spicy, fried, fatty or high in sugar.
  • Make sure you drink enough water or other fluids (ginger ale, herbal tea, broth) so you don’t get dehydrated. If drinking is difficult—try ice, popsicles, or hard candies with pleasant smells such as lemon drops or mints.
  • Consider complementary treatments such as meditation, guided imagery, acupuncture, or music therapy.

Want to learn more about relieving nausea and vomiting? Here’s an additional resource for tips on what to eat and what to avoid. More in-depth information is available, here.