Coping with Nausea and Vomiting in Childhood Cancer

vomit Symptom Management, Palliative Care, or Supportive Care to relieve side-effects is an important part of cancer care and treatment and should always form part of the overall treatment plan.

Nausea and vomiting are probably the most common side effects of many cancer treatments. Nausea is feeling the urge to vomit, or throw up. Vomiting may happen in expectation of treatment, within 24 hours after treatment, or two or more days after treatment.

For individuals with cancer, nausea and vomiting may be caused by the following:

  • Blocked Intestines, also called bowel obstruction
  • Cancer that has spread to the brain
  • Chemotherapy
  • Electrolyte Imbalance – the loss of minerals such as potassium and sodium in the body
  • Heart Disease
  • Infections or Bleeding – in the gastrointestinal (stomach and intestines) system
  • Other Medications
  • Radiation Therapy: Especially to the brain, spinal cord, abdomen, and pelvis. Individuals who receive Total Body Radiation Therapy (usually prior to a stem cell/bone marrow transplant), have the highest risk.

Individuals who are more likely to experience nausea and vomiting from chemotherapy include the following:

  • Those who have previously vomited after cancer treatment
  • Individuals who often have motion sickness
  • Individuals who are anxious before cancer treatment
  • Those younger than 50, especially women

Mild nausea and vomiting can be rather uncomfortable, but do not generally cause serious problems.

Severe vomiting (vomiting a lot and often), can cause dehydration, electrolyte imbalance, weight loss, and depression. Severe vomiting may also cause some patients to stop cancer treatment.


Read more about the Effects, Signs and Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis and Treatment and more regarding Nausea and Vomiting on our static page, Nausea and Vomiting in Childhood Cancer



About LFCT

This is a blog about CHILDHOOD CANCER and CHILDHOOD CANCER AWARENESS Little Fighters Cancer Trust is a non-profit organisation that offers support and aid to Children with Cancer and their families. When a child is diagnosed with cancer it affects the whole family. One of the parents, usually the mother, must give up their job to care for the child and this creates financial problems for the family. In South Africa especially the majority of these families are not well-to-do; many of them are rural. A diagnosis of cancer can wipe out any family’s finances, let alone a poor family. The costs of special medications, special diets, hospital stays, transport to and from the hospital or clinic and accommodation and food costs for the mother who spends most of the time at her child’s bedside are astronomical. These are the people and problems that fall through the cracks, and these are the people that Little Fighters Cancer Trust has pledged to help in any way possible. LFCT takes a holistic approach to assisting the Children with Cancer and their Families, with the main aim to be the preservation of individual dignity and pride. Little Fighters Cancer Trust also focuses on promotion and advocacy of National Childhood Cancer Awareness in an effort to increase awareness of Early Warning Signs of Childhood Cancer. This would result in earlier diagnosis, giving the Child with Cancer more of a chance at Treatment and Survival. See "About" for more Background info

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