Coping with Nausea and Vomiting in Childhood Cancer
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
- 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
Posted on 28 June, 2016, in Blog and tagged cancer, Child Cancer Awareness, childhood cancer, Children with Cancer, Fighting Cancer, Little Fighters Cancer Trust, Nausea and Vomiting, side effects. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.