Medline: 1969324

Canadian Journal of Psychiatry 35(1): 80-82, 1990.

Anticipatory nausea and vomiting: a form of chemotherapy phobia?

Reesal RT, Bajramovic H, Mai F


This paper proposes that the phenomenon of anticipatory nausea and/or vomiting is a component of a phobic response to chemotherapy. Two cases are presented to highlight the clinical aspects of chemotherapy phobia. The evidence confirming such a diagnosis is put forth as it relates to anticipatory anxiety, phobic response, avoidance behaviour and treatment.

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