Antiemetic therapy for multiple-day chemotherapy and high-dose chemotherapy with stem cell transplant: Review and consensus statement

Lawrence H. Einhorn, Bernardo Rapoport, Jim Koeller, Steven M. Grunberg, Petra Feyer, Cynthia Rittenberg, Matti Aapro

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The objective of this paper is to evaluate the efficacy of modern antiemetic therapy for chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting for patients receiving multiple-day or high-dose chemotherapy. Published phase II and phase III studies as well as their personal experiences were evaluated by the authors to develop this consensus statement. The largest published experience with multiple-day chemotherapy is with 5-day cisplatin combination chemotherapy. The introduction of 5-HT3 antagonists greatly improved emetic control. However, day 4-5 nausea as well as delayed nausea and vomiting remains a clinical problem despite the inclusion of dexamethasone. A 5-HT3 antagonist plus dexamethasone is the preferred current option for patients receiving high-dose chemotherapy with stem cell transplant. However, the results do not appear as successful as for highly emetic standard-dose chemotherapy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)112-116
Number of pages5
JournalSupportive Care in Cancer
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2005



  • 5-HT3 antagonist
  • Antiemetics
  • High-dose chemotherapy
  • Multiple-day chemotherapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Nursing(all)

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