New drugs and alternative therapies can help reduce -- or eliminate -- chemotherapy side effects. (continued) Anticipatory Nausea -- Expecting to Get Sick After starting treatment, about one out of three people in chemotherapy develop anticipatory, or conditioned, nausea.
5-Day Sancuso Patch Fights Nausea From Cancer Chemotherapy WebMD News Archive Sept. 15, 2008 -- The FDA has approved Sancuso, a five-day patch that fights nausea from cancer chemotherapy. Sancuso continuously delivers a steady dose of a drug called granisetron, which blocks serotonin receptors and helps prevent nausea.
If youre getting radiation therapy to the belly, chest, brain, or pelvis, nausea can start shortly after treatment and last for several hours. Be sure to tell your doctor or nurse if you have nausea or are vomiting because there are medicines that can help.
Results of a small study reported Thursday indicate that the anti-nausea drug Zofran can reduce by half the number of binge/purge episodes in bulimic patients. A larger study, which is now enrolling patients, must be completed before researchers can confirm whether the results are scientifically valid.