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Why should i treat my nausea and vomiting during chemotherapy?

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Dr. Scott Mackinnon
Anesthesiology 33 years experience
Helpful to healing: Too much nausea and vomiting may allow one to be dehydrated and undernourished and to feel just plain miserable. The last thing your body needs while fighting cancer. To treat nausea is to also allow one to be more comfortable during such a crucial time. There are several different regimens available, and your treating doctor will go over these with you.
Dr. Liawaty Ho
Hematology and Oncology 23 years experience
Quality of life: For 2 reasons-1.Maintain quality of life. Nausea/vomiting can be very debilitating. Chemo is given either to cure the cancer and/ or to maintain your quality of life. It is not intended to torture you with nausea/vomiting. So, do yourself a favor, try to prevent the nausea sooner and don't wait until you vomit. 2. To ensure the continuity of therapy- so that you can achieve your treatment goal.

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A 23-year-old member asked:

Why does chemotherapy cause nausea and vomiting?

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Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 22 years experience
It's a toxin: The brain has an area that triggers nausea and vomiting if something toxic gets in the body. This is what prevented early humans from dying after eating poisonous berries! chemotherapy triggers the same area of the brain, and the body tries to protect itself by vomiting. New anti-nausea drugs are so effective because they target the "vomit center" in the brain.
A 35-year-old member asked:

What causes the nausea and vomiting during chemotherapy?

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Dr. Wesley Marquart
General Surgery 18 years experience
Collateral damage: The simple answer is that chemotherapy targets rapidly dividing cells. That's why those agents are used to treat cancer. However, the cells lining the stomach and other parts of the GI tract are also dividing at a fast rate compared to others. Those cells are also affected resulting in nausea and vomiting.
A 37-year-old member asked:

What to expect with chemotherapy? Pain, nausea, vomiting?

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Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 19 years experience
Expectations : Nausea should be expected. Vomiting can occur. Though, you should have access to plenty of medications for nausea. Many people have flushing or an odd taste while getting chemo. Pain would be very unusual. There are some chemo meds that can have an allergic effect, so rash and flu-like symptoms can occur.

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