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J Pediatr Oncol Nurs. 2018 Nov/Dec;35(6):392-398. doi: 10.1177/1043454218782133. Epub 2018 Jun 27.

The Use of Aromatherapy to Reduce Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea in Children With Cancer: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial.

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1
1 Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, USA.
2
2 UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA, USA.

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

Chemotherapy-induced nausea can be distressing and difficult to manage in children with cancer. The purpose of this study was to investigate the utility of ginger aromatherapy in relieving chemotherapy-induced nausea in children with cancer.

METHOD:

This randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study of 49 children with cancer explored whether inhalation of the aroma of essential oil of ginger during chemotherapy decreased nausea compared with a placebo (water) or control (Johnson's baby shampoo) measured by prechemotherapy and postchemotherapy assessment with the Pediatric Nausea Assessment Tool (PeNAT).

RESULTS:

While well received, well tolerated, nontoxic, and noninvasive, ginger aromatherapy did not significantly decrease nausea in patients enrolled in this study. Among 21 patients who indicated feeling nausea prechemotherapy, 67% reported improvement, 5% worsening, and 28% no change in their postinfusion PeNAT score. We failed to detect a statistical significant difference in the change in PeNAT scores among the three groups.

KEYWORDS:

aromatherapy; chemotherapy; nausea; pediatrics

PMID:
29947285
DOI:
10.1177/1043454218782133

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