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Nausea and Vomiting 

Nausea and vomiting are common side effects of cancer and chemotherapy treatment and can have a major effect on the quality of patients’ lives. Over the past decade, there have been significant improvements in therapy options and evidence for their best use. Despite these advances, this is often an under-recognised and undertreated problem.

After completing this module you should:

  • Appreciate the importance of preventing and treating nausea and vomiting in patients receiving chemotherapy
  • Understand the difference between nausea and vomiting
  • Understand the mechanisms causing nausea and vomiting
  • Be familiar with the drugs and non-drug treatments used to prevent and treat nausea and vomiting in cancer patients
  • Know how to manage nausea and vomiting in patients receiving chemotherapy regimens of different levels of emetogenicity
  • Have a rational approach to treating anticipatory and breakthrough nausea and vomiting