5 Ways to Reduce Nausea During Your Cancer Treatment

One of the most common side effects of cancer treatment is nausea. It can be caused by chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and even anesthesia. Nobody likes to feel nauseous during their immunotherapy treatment, especially when trying to get through a cancer diagnosis. Luckily, you can take some easy steps to reduce the amount of nausea that comes with it. Here are some of the best ways to reduce nausea during this time.

1. Stay Hydrated

Staying hydrated is essential during immunotherapy treatment, especially regarding nausea. Drinking plenty of fluids helps to flush out the toxins in your body that can make you feel more nauseous. In addition, having a full glass of water or a cup of tea to sip throughout the day can help keep your nausea at bay.

2. Eat Small and Frequent Meals

Eating small, frequent meals can provide much-needed energy during immunotherapy. Eating small meals and portions throughout the day helps keep your blood sugar levels stable and prevents you from feeling overly full or bloated.

3. Avoid Rich and Greasy Foods

Rich and greasy foods aren’t good for the stomach, especially during immunotherapy treatment. They can often worsen nausea, so it’s best to avoid them if possible. Stick to lighter fare such as salads, soups, and steamed vegetables. If you are feeling up for it, having some protein in your diet can help provide a boost of energy and reduce nausea.

4. Get Some Fresh Air

Going outside, even for just a short walk around the block, allows your body to get fresh air. Taking some time to relax in nature can be incredibly soothing. Even if you feel too weak or tired to take a walk, spending some time outdoors can still be beneficial. So if you have a backyard, balcony, or terrace you can use, take some time to sit outside.

5. Distract Yourself

Sometimes, the best way to reduce nausea is to distract yourself. Watching a movie, playing a game, or talking with friends can all help your mind focus on something else and make you forget about nausea. Whatever activity you choose, make sure to keep it light and enjoyable.

Nausea is a common side effect of cancer treatment and some medications but these methods may be able to decrease it. Ask your care team at Palo Verde Cancer Specialists for assistance if your nausea isn’t getting any better.

Posted March 7, 2023

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