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Non Pharmacological Interventions for Chemotherapy Induced Nauseas and Vomits: integrative review

Author(s): Dacirene Ribeiro França Silva | Paula Elaine Diniz Reis | Isabelle Pimentel Gomes | Silvana Schwerz Funghetto | Casandra G. R. M. Ponce de Leon

Journal: Online Brazilian Journal of Nursing
ISSN 1676-4285

Volume: 8;
Issue: 1;
Date: 2009;
Original page

Keywords: nausea | vomiting | chemotherapy | oncology nursing | nursing care

Nausea and vomiting are one of the most common gastrointestinal toxicities of antineoplastic treatment; it may affect negatively patient`s nutritional condition, hidroeletrolitic balance and quality of life. This study aimed to identify evidences in medical literature regarding non-pharmacologic interventions to prevent and treat chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting. We performed an integrative review on online databases for that purpose. We elected 9 articles from this research, which presented the following possible non-pharmacological interventions for chemotherapy emesis: accupressure, acupuncture, electroacupuncture, relaxing techniques and yoga. The authors concluded that the results suggested that these interventions should be recommended for cancer patients, mainly those presenting chemotherapy emesis in consecutive cycles. 

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