There is still no cure for mesothelioma. However, there are several treatment options for mesothelioma patients. One of these options is chemotherapy. Chemo is a type of treatment aimed at controlling tumor growth. Chemotherapy is used to kill the fast-growing cancer cells that lead to the development of tumors. Unfortunately, because many chemo drugs are meant to attack fast-growing cells, they also attack other healthy cells that grow quickly, such as the one that lines the gastrointestinal tract. And when the gastrointestinal tract is irritated, nausea can occur.
Dealing with nausea can be hard. If you are going through mesothelioma treatment and are dealing with constant nausea due to chemotherapy, you may be wondering how to cope. The following is a look at how you can manage nausea if you are undergoing chemotherapy for mesothelioma.
Managing Nausea When Undergoing Chemotherapy for Mesothelioma
There are medications available to help mesothelioma patients undergoing chemo control nausea. If you are undergoing chemotherapy for mesothelioma and have nausea, ensure you talk to your doctor. It is important that you speak to your doctor so they can prescribe a drug or combination of drugs that will work for you. Also, talking to your doctor will ensure you take the medication as needed.
There are also many other things mesothelioma patients undergoing chemotherapy can do to manage nausea. The following are some of these things as recommended by the American Cancer Society;
- Stick to eating only the foods that you like. Usually, it is hard to keep food down if you are not happy about it. If, for example, you do not like red meat, you can try other protein sources like chicken and fish.
- Avoid skipping meals or snacks. It is crucial that you avoid allowing your stomach to get hungry because your nausea might be worse if you are hungry.
- Eat frequent snacks throughout the day if your nausea only occurs between meals.
- Sip liquids throughout the day. Staying hydrated can help fight nausea and also counteracts other side effects.
- Try eating cold foods or food at room temperature if you feel nauseous because of the smell of certain foods.
- Avoid greasy, spicy, or fried foods because anything with a lot of fat will be stuck in your stomach for an extended amount of time.
- Try eating foods that are high in calories that are easy to eat.
- Use syrups, milk, butter, and oils in foods to raise calories.
According to the American Cancer Society, other non-drug methods that can help mesothelioma patients undergoing chemotherapy deal with nausea include;
- Relaxation techniques such as breathing exercises, mediation, and progressive muscle relaxation
- Acupuncture - a technique that uses thin needles to stimulate body parts.
- Guided imagery - a technique that allows patients to mentally leave the treatment center and imagine they are in another place that relaxes them.
Note: Before using any of these options, please make sure you speak to your doctor to see if what you want to try is safe for you.
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