Date of Graduation

Spring 2018

Document Type

Honors Research Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Nursing



Research Sponsor

Carrie Wissmar

First Reader

Lisa Hart

Second Reader

Cheryl Owen


Chemotherapy is one of the most prevalent treatment options for cancer patients, but a major side effect of this treatment, chemotherapeutic induced nausea and vomiting (CINV), can often be debilitating and problematic for patients. The goal of this systematic review is to evaluate the effectiveness of complementary therapies in reducing CINV in adult oncology patients. A total of 20 studies were reviewed of adult populations that received standard antiemetic care, with each study failing to yield the same results upon evaluating the effectiveness of complementary therapies on patients’ CINV. The complementary therapies studied included ginger therapy, acupressure, acupuncture, guided imagery and music therapy. Evidence presented by the studies demonstrated a need for further investigation of such therapies due to the inconsistency of the results. When treating cancer patients who are experiencing CINV, complementary therapies should be considered as a plausible treatment option.