Supportive Care in Cancer

, Volume 23, Issue 11, pp 3331–3339 | Cite as

Evaluation of the validity of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting assessment in outpatients using the Japanese version of the MASCC antiemesis tool

  • Yuka Matsuda
  • Kenji OkitaEmail author
  • Tomohisa Furuhata
  • Goro Kutomi
  • Kentaro Yamashita
  • Yasushi Sato
  • Rishu Takimoto
  • Koichi Hirata
Original Article



The Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC) developed the MASCC antiemesis tool (MAT) as a tool for chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV) assessment and subsequently published its Japanese version in 2010. We evaluated the validity of CINV assessment in outpatients using the Japanese version of MAT.


Patients administered highly or moderately emetogenic chemotherapy in the outpatient chemotherapy unit of our hospital were included in the study. The study was designed as a prospective two-period crossover observational study to evaluate the correlation between the daily patient diary and the Japanese version of MAT in terms of CINV onset. We examined with a focus on reliability of the Japanese version of MAT particularly in the description of the delayed phase of nausea and vomiting.


Patient descriptions of CINV onset in a total of 116 cycles in 58 patients (two cycles/patient) were analyzed. The CINV incidence indicated by the patient diary was similar to that by the Japanese version of MAT. The concordance rate between the two tools in the same patients was 86.2 % for CINV onset in the delayed phase. The nausea score was also similar between the two tools regarding the mean and variance, showing a strong correlation with a correlation coefficient of 0.71.


The results of the study showed that the Japanese version of MAT is a highly reliable tool for CINV assessment, indicating that it is valid for assessing CINV in outpatients.


Chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting MASCC antiemesis tool Antiemetics Symptom evaluation 


Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no competing interests.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yuka Matsuda
    • 1
  • Kenji Okita
    • 2
    Email author
  • Tomohisa Furuhata
    • 2
  • Goro Kutomi
    • 2
  • Kentaro Yamashita
    • 3
  • Yasushi Sato
    • 4
  • Rishu Takimoto
    • 4
  • Koichi Hirata
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Nursing, Outpatient Chemotherapy CenterSapporo Medical UniversitySapporoJapan
  2. 2.Department of Surgery, Surgical Oncology and ScienceSapporo Medical UniversitySapporoJapan
  3. 3.Department of Gastroenterology, Rheumatology and Clinical ImmunologySapporo Medical UniversitySapporoJapan
  4. 4.Department of Medical Oncology and HematologySapporo Medical UniversitySapporoJapan

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