5 Tips on Managing Nausea During Breast Cancer Treatment

Nausea is a common side effect of breast cancer treatment. Your health care provider will prescribe medications to ease nausea caused by chemotherapy. 

 1. Eat 4-6 small meals (instead of larger meals) each day.

2. Try ginger tea, ginger ale or crystallized ginger, or add fresh ginger when you are cooking.

2. Drink lemonade or lemon water.

3. Cook and freeze meals to reheat during times when you feel nauseous. Reheating causes fewer odors than cooking.

5. Take walks (when you can) to get fresh air.

You can also:

  • Eat bland, easy-to-digest foods that don’t have an odor.
  • Eat cool or frozen foods. These may have fewer odors than warmer foods.
  • Avoid foods that are spicy, fried, very greasy or very sweet.
  • Open the windows when possible to keep fresh air flowing. Use an overhead fan to decrease cooking odors.
  • Talk with your health care provider about some complementary and integrative therapies (such as acupressure, acupuncture, relaxation techniques, hypnosis, guided imagery and music therapy) that may help.

Some older studies show marijuana may be helpful for nausea and vomiting [40]. However, medical marijuana is not legal in every state.

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) has a booklet with more information on preventing and coping with nausea and vomiting.

Oncology nurses are critical for helping you manage your nausea and vomiting symptoms during treatment, as they care for and educate patients with cancer. For more information on what an oncology nurse does or how to become an oncology nurse, click the links below.

Beginning a Career in Oncology Nursing
Nursing Financial Aid and Scholarships