Complementary cancer therapies

Complementary cancer therapies


Complementary cancer therapies

Complementary cancer therapies can have a hugely beneficial impact on patient’s according to numerous clinical studies and patient testimonials. The National Cancer Institute defines them as “treatments that are used along with standard medical treatments but are not considered to be standard treatments. One example is using acupuncture to help lessen some side effects of cancer treatment”.


This Scientific Review  says:

Complementary therapies (CTs) have shown beneficial effects in cancer patients for symptomatic relief. The aim of this article is to provide evidence-based review of commonly used CTs for symptom management in cancer care.

Hypnosis has promising evidence to be used for managing symptoms such as pain, chemotherapy-induced nausea/vomiting, distress, fatigue, and hot flashes.

Guided imagery increases comfort and can be used as a psycho-supportive therapy.

Meditation substantially improves psychological function, mental health, and QOL.

Cognitive behavioral therapies effectively reduce pain, distress, fatigue, anxiety, and depression; and improve subjective sleep outcomes along with mood and QOL.

Yoga has short term beneficial effects for anxiety, depression, fatigue, perceived stress, QOL, and well-being.

T’ai Chi and qigong are beneficial adjunctive therapies for supportive cancer care, but their role in reducing cancer pain is not well proven.

Acupuncture is effective for reducing treatment related side-effects, pain and fatigue.

Other therapies such as massage techniques, energy therapies, and spiritual interventions have also demonstrated positive role in managing cancer-related symptoms and improve overall well-being.

Complementary-cancer-therapies table of benefits

Clock face - Complementary cancer therapiesProlong survival time

hand deflecting tumorBoost Your Immune System

Complementary cancer therapies - Meditating buddha statueCachexia

Complementary cancer therapies - woman having neck massaged - cancer therapyPain Reduction

Cancer stressed womanStress Reduction

Complementary cancer therapies - Girl in meadow Overall Wellbeing

bald woman beside chemotherapy dripsReduce chemo side-efffects

Radiation symbolReduce radiation side-effects

Note: You should discuss Complementary therapies with your medical team before incorporating them into your daily routine.

A good resource for articles on Complementary therapies is

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