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Nausea is linked to your illness or the treatment you are receiving. It may occur before treatment, immediately thereafter or in the following days. Nowadays it can be better controlled thanks to systematic prevention by specific medication. In fact you will receive regular targeted sickness medication and from the first treatment cycle the dosage will be adapted to suit your needs.
Anxiety and fatigue tend to increase nausea. Tranquillizers or sleeping pills can help.
If your sickness medicine is not sufficiently strong, tell your medical team quickly, so that your basic treatment can be adjusted or back-up dosage prescribed.
Relaxation, sophrology, positive visualization, acupuncture and acupressure have demonstrated nausea-relieving benefits. Eating ginger is also effective. You can add it to your menus, take it in crystallized form or as sweets.
Going to hospital for chemotherapy may make you feel sick with anxiety (anticipatory nausea). This kind of sickness is not treated with the usual nausea medication but by relaxation therapy or tranquillizers.
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