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Nausea and Vomiting 

Nausea and Vomiting
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Nausea and Vomiting
Author(s):

Kimberley Chow

and Daniel Cogan

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190239442.003.0003
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date: 18 June 2019

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.

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