Patient discussion about Nausea and Vomiting
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Q. What foods and beverages are best to give with cancer/chemo related nausea and vomiting?
My father is undergoing chemo for malignant melanoma that has spread to liver/lungs/kidneys. He has constantly nausea and vomits at the drop of a hat. How do I get some nutrition into him? What would help other than prescription meds which he is already on?
|A1||If he's vomiting, he needs to ask for his anti-sickness meds to be changed or adjusted. They are much better these days, and I found that though I felt nauseous I never vomited.|
He should eat whatever he feels he can manage or will make him feel better. Don't worry too much about him getting a healthy or balanced diet, he can put that right when chemo's over. I went through a stage during chemo when I only wanted mashed potatoes; bland carbohydrate was all I fancied, and I ate a lot of them!
I found that ginger in any form helps with nausea - ginger tea, ginger biscuits, crystallized ginger - anything. Cola helped too - some people find it more effective if it's allowed to go flat before drinking it.
Hope your dad gets some relief soon.
|A2||Acupuncture, acupressure, and Chinese herbal medicine can all help to relieve nausea from chemotherapy. |
You can try giving him ginger and cardamon as food supplements. There is more information detailed in this article:
Stronger Chinese herbal medicine formulas are available by seeing a practitioner of Chinese herbal medicine who specializes in complementary chemotherapy treatments.
You can also try some acupressure on your father. P6 is a well-known point for managing nausea. This article provides guidance on locating and using this powerful point:
Seeing a Licensed Acupuncturist for acupuncture treatment can be one of the most effective ways of combating the nausea.
|A3||One thing to consider is possible using plastic utensils. Many people mention that the metal utensils leave a bad taste in their mouth. Just something that may help.|
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