Nausea has been described as a sick or queasy feeling in the stomach and is often related to vomiting or throwing up. Nausea and vomiting are common side effects of chemotherapy drugs as well as other cancer treatments, but there are many medications today that help alleviate these feelings. Anxiety and bowel issues can also cause nausea.
The treatment for chemotherapy-induced nausea & vomiting depends on its cause. Anti-nausea medications can be effective, and in some cases, can be taken on a scheduled basis if advised by the care team. If the root of the nausea is anxiety, anti-anxiety medications may be more helpful. Dehydration due to nausea and vomiting is treated with IV fluids. Remember to discuss all medications with the care team before taking them.