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

Dacirene Ribeiro França Silva, Paula Elaine Diniz dos Reis, Isabelle Pimentel Gomes, Silvana Schwerz Funghetto, Casandra G. R. M. Ponce de Leon


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.


nausea, vomiting, chemotherapy, oncology nursing, nursing care

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