Types of Cancer-Related Nausea and Vomiting

Medicine & other treatments are effective in preventing or reducing the nausea & vomiting during treatment.

Medicines and other treatments are effective in preventing or reducing many types of nausea and vomiting. Supportive Care research is showing how such interventions can improve a patient's quality of life, prevent and relieve suffering during cancer therapy and treat pain and other problems. 

  • Acute: happens within 24 hours after beginning chemotherapy.
  • Anticipatory: happens before a chemotherapy treatment begins. The smells, sights, and sounds of the treatment room may trigger nausea and vomiting.
  • Breakthrough: happens within 5 days after getting antinausea treatment.
  • Delayed (late): happens more than 24 hours after chemotherapy.
  • Refractory: does not respond to drugs taken to prevent it.