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?
A1If 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.
A2Acupuncture, 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:
http://www.altmd.com/Articles/TCM-for-Nausea-and-Morning-Sickness
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:
http://www.altmd.com/Articles/Acupressure-for-Nausea

Seeing a Licensed Acupuncturist for acupuncture treatment can be one of the most effective ways of combating the nausea.
A3One 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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