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6 ways to avoid nausea during cancer treatment

Good nutrition is an important component of cancer care, helping patients maintain strength and weight so they can better handle their treatments. Chemotherapy and radiation therapy may cause unpleasant side effects for some patients.

Maria Erdman, a registered dietitian nutritionist at the Upstate Cancer Center, shares advice for dealing with nausea and vomiting. Erdman recommends:

* eating frequent small portions every few hours throughout the day.

* avoiding foods or restaurants with strong or unpleasant odors.

* eating foods that are not greasy, fried, or very spicy.

* drinking only sips of fluids as necessary throughout your meal.

* for an especially queasy stomach, eat dry crackers or toast to help it settle before eating other foods.

* take all prescribed anti-nausea medicines as prescribed.

All of these recommendations are generalized - find what works for you.