(For treatment side effects and complications only)
Not all drugs cause nausea and vomiting and many people do not experience it at all. If you are affected, it may begin within a few minutes of the treatment or not until several hours later, depending on the drugs given. It may last from several hours to a few days. We will give you a supply of anti-emetic (anti-sickness) drugs to take home and the nurse will explain the best way for you to take them. If they do not work effectively for you talk to your nurse or doctor. Other anti-emetic drugs may help you.
You can help yourself in the following ways:
Some chemotherapy can cause diarrhoea, which will usually settle within 24-hours. You can help yourself by:
If you continue to have more than three episodes of diarrhoea per day or for more than 24 hours, contact the triage service on 0800 169 5555 (don’t forget to tell them about your chemotherapy).
If you are concerned, please do not hesitate to contact us. If you are receiving Irinotecan chemotherapy, please follow the advice sheet that the nurse gave you if you experience any diarrhoea at all.
If you are taking Capecitabine tablets, stop doing so and contact the hospital.
Some drugs may cause constipation. You can help yourself in the following ways:
If you become uncomfortable please contact the chemotherapy triage on 0800 169 5555.
If you have experienced constipation in the past, think about what helped you then and try it.