We're unable to sign you in at this time. Please try again in a few minutes.
We were able to sign you in, but your subscription(s) could not be found. Please try again in a few minutes.
There may be a problem with your account. Please contact the AMA Service Center to resolve this issue.
Contact the AMA Service Center:
Telephone: 1 (800) 262-2350 or 1 (312) 670-7827  *   Email: subscriptions@jamanetwork.com
Error Message ......
Article |

Nausea and Vomiting in Terminal Cancer Patients

David B. Reuben, MD; Vincent Mor, PhD
Arch Intern Med. 1986;146(10):2021-2023. doi:10.1001/archinte.1986.00360220187030.
Text Size: A A A
Published online


• Using data from the National Hospice Study, nausea and vomiting in terminal cancer patients and physician response to these symptoms were studied. Nausea and vomiting developed in 62% of terminal cancer patients with prevalence rates of at least 40% during the last six weeks of life. Stomach and breast cancer were significantly more likely to be associated with nausea and vomiting; lung and brain primary sites were significantly less likely to have this association. Although women and younger patients reported higher rates, no relationship could be demonstrated between these symptoms and the Karnofsky level or chemotherapy during the last six weeks of life. In the subsample for whom medication use was known, 32% of nauseated patients received antiemetic prescriptions. Physicians were less likely to prescribe antiemetics for elderly patients and those with serious mental impairment. When prescribed, 72% of nauseated patients consumed antiemetics.

(Arch Intern Med 1986;146:2021-2023)


Sign in

Purchase Options

• Buy this article
• Subscribe to the journal
• Rent this article ?





Also Meets CME requirements for:
Browse CME for all U.S. States
Accreditation Information
The American Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The AMA designates this journal-based CME activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM per course. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Physicians who complete the CME course and score at least 80% correct on the quiz are eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM.
Note: You must get at least of the answers correct to pass this quiz.
Please click the checkbox indicating that you have read the full article in order to submit your answers.
Your answers have been saved for later.
You have not filled in all the answers to complete this quiz
The following questions were not answered:
Sorry, you have unsuccessfully completed this CME quiz with a score of
The following questions were not answered correctly:
Commitment to Change (optional):
Indicate what change(s) you will implement in your practice, if any, based on this CME course.
Your quiz results:
The filled radio buttons indicate your responses. The preferred responses are highlighted
For CME Course: A Proposed Model for Initial Assessment and Management of Acute Heart Failure Syndromes
Indicate what changes(s) you will implement in your practice, if any, based on this CME course.


Some tools below are only available to our subscribers or users with an online account.

40 Citations

Sign in

Purchase Options

• Buy this article
• Subscribe to the journal
• Rent this article ?

Related Content

Customize your page view by dragging & repositioning the boxes below.