The Effects of Inhaled Aromatherapy on Chemotherapy Induced Nausea and Vomiting (CINV) in Men and Women with Breast Cancer
The purpose of this study is a three group, randomized, double blind, placebo-controlled trial with two repeated measurements is to investigate the effectiveness of inhaled aromatherapy in decreasing the frequency, severity, and distress associated with chemotherapy-induced nausea in men and women with breast cancer. Acceptability and perceived helpfulness of the aromatherapy intervention among patients as well as the varying effects between different chemotherapy cycles is also of interest.
We hypothesize that the use of aromatherapy with either of these two essential oils (ginger or peppermint) will significantly decrease the frequency and severity of patients self-reported nausea as well as its impact on overall distress compared to the placebo group (vanilla extract). Although they are not the primary outcomes, we also expect that participants in the essential oils groups will report a reduction in self-reported vomiting scores (frequency, severity, and distress) and improvements in appetite.