New Treatment Alleviates Chemotherapy Nausea and Vomiting
Nausea and vomiting are two of the most common side effects of chemotherapy. Doctors have taken many approaches to reducing these symptoms, and some groups even advocate the use of marijuana. Research from a Sanford Health physician recently revealed a new beneficial use of the antipsychotic drug, olanzapine. Olanzapine may help alleviate chemotherapy nausea and vomiting.
In the trial, researchers used olanzapine to treat chemotherapy patients with symptoms of nausea and vomiting. The first day after treatment, 74 percent of patients who received olanzapine with their chemotherapy showed no signs of nausea or vomiting compared 45 percent of the placebo patients. The effects of olanzapine lasted up to five days’ post-chemotherapy for many patients.
Olanzapine works by blocking neurotransmitters that cause chemotherapy nausea and vomiting. Using this new treatment could help reduce the discomfort of chemotherapy and promote better overall health and wellness in cancer patients. By allowing them to consume and keep down more nutrients, it not only helps boost the immune system but also helps boost morale.
Chemotherapy Can be a Disabling Treatment
For many cancer patients, cancer does not cause as much disability as the chemotherapy treatments do. This treatment can result in extreme fatigue, cognitive disruption, and muscle weakness. If you are no longer able to work because of cancer treatment, you may qualify for Social Security disability benefits.
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