Prevent CINV

How can you help control CINV?

Try these tips in addition to the therapies provided by your cancer care team for chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting:

Eating Tips

  • Eat bland, easy to digest foods like crackers, toast and gelatin
  • Eat 5–6 small meals throughout the day
  • Do not consume food or drink that is hot or cold, consume them as warm or cool
  • Eat or suck on popsicles or ice chips
  • Stay away from foods with strong smells such as onions, garlic, fish, etc.
  • Use plastic flatware and dishes to avoid metallic tastes

Lifestyle Tips

  • Relax before and after treatment. Meditate, do deep breathing exercises, visualize peaceful scenes and experiences, or engage in quiet hobbies.
  • Distract yourself when you feel nauseous with TV, friends, or music.
  • Sit upright for at least 1 hour after each meal.

If you cannot control your symptoms using the tips above, consult your cancer care team to develop a CINV management plan that will work for you.

Citations: Cancer.org & cancer.gov