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J Soc Integr Oncol. 2006 Winter;4(1):16-20.

Exploratory analysis of the usefulness of acupressure bands when severe chemotherapy-related nausea is expected.

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  • 1University of Rochester Medical Center-URCC Community Clinical Oncology Program (CCOP) Research Base, Rochester, NY, USA.


The present study examines the efficacy of acupressure wristbands, compared with standard care alone and acustimulation wristbands, in preventing severe nausea among 86 breast cancer patients receiving doxorubicin-based chemotherapy who were at high risk of experiencing severe nausea following treatment. Significant differences in the proportion of patients who reported severe nausea were observed across three conditions (standard care, standard care with acupressure bands, and standard care with an acustimulation band). The proportion of patients in the acupressure band group who reported severe nausea following their chemotherapy treatment (41%) was significantly less than that of the standard care group (68%) and the acustimulation band group (73%). Overall, these findings showed that acupressure wristbands were efficacious and may be an appropriate form of adjuvant therapy for nausea management for breast cancer patients, especially those who are most at risk for experiencing severe nausea following chemotherapy treatment.

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