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Nausea and poor appetite

Nausea and vomiting

Nausea is the unpleasant feeling that you are about to vomit. Vomiting is the forceful release of the contents of your stomach through your mouth. Nausea can be experienced for a long time before vomiting but not all nausea results in vomiting.

Both can occur with a range of advanced diseases. They can be caused by the disease, pain, anxiety, side effects of treatment and other problems.

Your doctor or palliative care team can work out why you have nausea or vomiting and help to prevent or control it.

Poor appetite

A poor appetite is common among people with advanced illness. It can be due to the illness, treatment, pain, fatigue, constipation, a sore mouth or how you are feeling.

It is important to let your doctor or palliative care team know, as without food you will become very weak.

Some causes of lack of appetite can be treated and there are medications to stimulate appetite.

Eating small meals regularly can help. Eat what you enjoy.