Thread: CBT and nausea
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Unread February 15th, 2007, 12:24 AM
Gandalwaven Gandalwaven is offline
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Default Re: CBT and nausea

There appears to be remarkably little stuff around on this.

This however from 1993 Oncology provides a brief review

Oncology (Williston Park). 1993 Dec;7(12):83-9

Nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy most commonly occur after administration of the drug regimen, but a substantial proportion of patients also develop these symptoms in anticipation of treatment, after one or more courses of chemotherapy have been given. Currently available pharmacologic agents are unable to provide complete protection from either anticipatory or post-treatment nausea and emesis associated with cancer chemotherapy. Since anticipatory nausea and vomiting are believed to become conditioned responses through the learning process of classical conditioning, behavioral treatments may be particularly appropriate. Progressive muscle relaxation training is effective in preventing as well as decreasing the frequency of postchemotherapy nausea and vomiting, whereas systematic desensitization has been found to be more effective against anticipatory nausea and emesis. Hypnosis and cognitive distraction have been used mainly in children and adolescents.

Chris Allan
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