NUTRITIONAL HELP for cancer-related nausea and vomiting

Nutrition plays a key role in keeping your strength up during treatment even though eating may be the last thing you want to do when you’re dealing with nausea and vomiting.

Nausea and vomiting can unfortunately be commonplace during certain types of cancer treatment. Especially when you’re feeling at your worst, it’s important to consume the nutrition you need to keep up your strength. The following tips may help you fuel your body to keep pace with your treatment plan.

Tips for maintaining good nutrition despite nausea and vomiting:

  • Eat your largest meal of the day at the time when you feel your best.
  • Try eating small, frequent meals throughout the day.
  • Limit or avoid greasy, fatty, and/or spicy food, very sweet food like cake, candy, and cookies, food with strong odors (onions, broccoli, cauliflower, fish, etc.), and hot (temperature-wise) food.
  • Ask your healthcare professional about medications that may help you manage cancer-related nausea and vomiting.
  • Try eating cold, clear food and liquids such as ginger-ale, frozen ice pops, ice chips, juice, and lemon-lime soda. Other foods to try include dry crackers, pretzels, toast, yogurt, sherbet, and canned fruit.
  • Sit upright for meals and snacks and do not lie down immediately after eating.
  • Record when nausea occurs and the causes for it (specific foods, events, etc.).
  • Consider a nutrient-dense nutritional drink to help fill the gaps in your diet. These drinks can help to provide the protein, vitamins and minerals you need during those times when it’s difficult to consume enough food.

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