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Nausea and Vomiting

Kimberley Chow and Daniel Cogan

in Physical Aspects of Care

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print January 2015 | ISBN: 9780190239442
Published online April 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780190241063 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780190239442.003.0003

Series: HPNA Palliative Nursing Manuals

Nausea and Vomiting

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This chapter discusses nausea and vomiting, which are among the most common and also most distressing symptoms in advanced disease, including both cancer and noncancer diagnoses. The chapter reviews the importance of a comprehensive assessment to understand the causes of nausea and vomiting and a wide array of mechanistically based pharmacological treatments available to treat these symptoms. It discusses nonpharmacological approaches and integrative therapies, including herbal agents, acupuncture, acupressure, and cognitive-behavioral techniques, as these are essential in prevention and management of these complex symptoms. The chapter also reviews the relationship between those symptoms and other psychological and physical symptoms in illness.

Chapter.  6301 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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