Managing blood cancer-related nausea can be challenging, but there are strategies that can help alleviate it. Here are some tips to manage nausea associated with blood cancer or its treatments:

  1. Medication: Speak with your healthcare team about anti-nausea medications. There are various prescription and over-the-counter medications available that can effectively reduce nausea. They can be taken regularly or as needed, depending on the severity and frequency of your symptoms.
  2. Stay Hydrated: Ensure that you stay well hydrated throughout the day. Sipping on clear fluids, such as water, herbal tea, or ginger ale, can help prevent dehydration and may ease nausea. Avoid consuming large amounts of fluid in one go, as it may worsen the feeling of nausea.
  3. Eat Small, Frequent Meals: Instead of consuming large meals, try eating smaller, more frequent meals throughout the day. Opt for light, easily digestible foods like dry toast, crackers, or yogurt. Avoid foods that are greasy, spicy, or have strong smells, as they can trigger or intensify nausea.
  4. Ginger: Ginger is known for its anti-nausea properties. You can try drinking ginger tea, chewing on ginger candies or lozenges, or taking ginger supplements. Some individuals find relief by adding ginger to meals or sipping on ginger ale.
  5. Peppermint: Peppermint is another natural remedy that may ease nausea. Peppermint tea or sucking on peppermint candies may offer relief. However, be cautious if you have acid reflux or other gastrointestinal conditions, as peppermint can sometimes exacerbate these issues.
  6. Avoid Triggers: Identify and avoid any triggers that may worsen your nausea. These could include strong smells, certain foods, or activities that make you feel nauseous, such as reading or watching screens while in motion.
  7. Acupressure Wristbands: Some individuals find acupressure wristbands, which apply pressure to specific points on the wrist, helpful in reducing nausea. They are available in most pharmacies and are worth trying to see if they work for you.
  8. Rest and Relaxation: Stress and fatigue can exacerbate nausea. Prioritize rest and relaxation to help manage your symptoms. Engaging in activities like deep breathing exercises, meditation, or listening to calming music may help alleviate any anxiety or stress that can trigger or worsen nausea.

Remember, it is essential to discuss your symptoms and management approaches with your healthcare team. They can provide individualized guidance and may recommend additional strategies or interventions specific to your situation.

By Sue