Tips for coping with feeling and being sick if you have pancreatic cancer

Feeling and being sick can be a symptom of pancreatic cancer, or a side effect of some treatments. There are ways to manage sickness.

If you are having problems with feeling and being sick, speak to your medial team. There are anti-sickness medicines that can help. If one type of medicine doesn’t work, try a different type, or a combination of drugs. You may also find these tips helpful.

  • Nausea is often worse when the stomach’s empty – even eating a little dry toast may help.
  • Try eating plain foods, for example, toast, bread and biscuits.
  • Try eating cold foods, which smell less than hot food.
  • If the smell of food cooking makes you feel sick, ask someone to cook for you, use ready meals, or get takeaways.
  • Try sipping cold fizzy drinks between meals – it may help to let them go flat first.
  • Try salty foods, such as crisps and salted nuts.
  • Try food or drink containing ginger, such as ginger ale and ginger biscuits.
  • Eat meals slowly and try to sit up for an hour after you have eaten.
  • Try getting some fresh air before a meal.
  • Remember to drink plenty so that you don’t get dehydrated, especially if you are being sick. Try to have nutritious drinks, such as milk, milkshakes, fruit juice, smoothies and soup.

Updated January 2020

Review date January 2023