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Over 75% of patients who undergo chemotherapy experience nausea, which negatively impacts their quality of life.

Acupressure wrist bands have proven effective in reducing the symptoms of travel sickness by applying force to the Nei Kuan pressure point on each wrist and researchers from the University of Liverpool are about to start testing acupressure wrist bands as a drug-free alternative for chemotherapy-related nausea.

The national study will include over 700 patients to measure the cost and clinical effectiveness of acupressure wrist bands in reducing and controlling chemotherapy-related nausea. The research team will analyse a wide range of patients, diagnosed with different types of cancer and undergoing chemotherapy, in order to discover which patient groups would most benefit from the intervention.

Although developments in anti-emetic drugs used to combat nausea and vomiting have decreased the symptoms suffered by chemotherapy patients, nausea still remains a debilitating and poorly controlled symptom.

Nausea and vomiting are ranked as the most distressing side effects of chemotherapy. It happens that these poorly controlled symptoms lead patients to choose to terminate potentially curative treatment. These symptoms contribute towards a loss of social life, prevent people from working, and lead to anxiety and depression.

If the wrist bands prove effective, they would help patients to maintain a good quality of life throughout their treatment.

The trial is funded by the National Institute for Health Research Health Technology Assessment programme and will be the first of its kind to run in the NHS.

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Acupressure wrist bands would have been a low-cost way to control nausea without the undesirable side effects of medications. Good job.
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