If you have cancer, your healthcare team probably created a plan with treatments such as surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, hormone therapy and biological therapy. These are all conventional cancer treatments, these treatments are based on scientific research and many of them have been tested in clinical trials. Other treatments called complementary medical treatments are sometimes given together with conventional treatment, or are given after your conventional treatment plan is completed. The complementary treatments do not treat the cancer itself, but these therapies can help people cope physically and emotionally with the cancer and the side effects from conventional cancer treatments. For example, acupuncture to help with nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy , here is the paper showing the research that backs the use of acupuncture for fatigue, nausea and vomiting. Findings from a randomized trial suggest that acupuncture is as effective as standard care for the management of (please clink on link to get artical) hot flashes in breast cancer patients. Early phase studies also suggest that acupuncture can help relieve hot flashes in prostate cancer patients.
Another example of therapies that help are relaxation techniques to help you feel more relaxed and sleep better while you are having treatments. Also many Stress Management Techniques to help ease anxieties both during and after your treatment.
Select an experienced practitioner preferable one who has experience working with Cancer patients.
Keep your healthcare team informed
“Always consult with your cancer care specialist before adding a
therapy to your treatment” – Carol Burke