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A lot of people going through cancer treatment get struck down by nausea. For some, it comes and goes in waves and a noticeable pattern can be identified. For others, it can linger for weeks and destroy a person’s quality of life.
Chemotherapy affects parts of the stomach and brain that detect toxic substances. As your body tries to rid itself of the toxins it can lead to nausea and sometimes vomiting. The dose and type of cancer drug will affect the degree of nausea. Chemotherapy infusions can lead to instant nausea because of how quickly they reach the bloodstream.
There is no doubt about it – that awful ‘sicky’ feeling is downright debilitating! It puts you right off your food, your appetite disappears and your weight can start to plummet as a result.
Unintentional weight loss >5% (regardless of your initial weight) coupled with inadequate nutrition are not ideal during chemotherapy or radiotherapy.
Everyone has their own way of dealing with what life throws at them. Coping with the side-effects of cancer treatment can be a real challenge even for the most resilient of us. At Onkohealth we aim to empower people to take back some control over what is happening to them.
Here are 10 tried and tested ‘Tips and Tricks’ which have helped people get through bouts of nausea:
*Anti-sickness medications work by either:
Acupuncture works by using special hair-thin needles on trigger points in the body which are thought to stimulate certain nerves and release chemicals in the brain. It has been shown in some studies to be effective as a therapy for poorly controlled nausea and vomiting related to chemotherapy and radiotherapy but more evidence is still needed.
If you do choose to go down the acupuncture route, please make sure they are either a regulated healthcare professional or a member of a recognised national acupuncture organisation.
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