The Role of Anxiety and Adaptation to Illness in the Intensity of Postchemotherapy Nausea in Cancer Patients

Tomás Blasco, Carmen Alonso, Cinta Pallarés, Juan José López López

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    Abstract

    The aim of this work was to assess whether cancer patients presenting high anxiety levels or poor adaptation to cancer experience higher levels of postchemotherapy nausea, regardless of the emetogenicity of the chemotherapy schedule. Sixty-three patients were interviewed before receiving their chemotherapy schedule and some psychological variables were assessed. Nausea intensity was also assessed after treatment. The results showed that patients with relatively higher levels of nausea reported higher levels of anxiety prior to chemotherapy and lower levels of adaptation to cancer. Thus, evidence for a modulating effect of psychological factors in postchemotherapy emesis is suggested.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number00553
    Pages (from-to)47-52
    JournalSpanish Journal of Psychology
    Volume3
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2000

    Keywords

    • Adaptation to illness
    • Anxiety
    • Chemotherapy
    • Nausea

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