Alternative Therapies for Cancer Patients

Article text from The Mesothelioma Center, February 8, 2012


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Diet and nutrition are important aspects of staying healthy.

Cancer is one of the number one killers in America and one of the most difficult diseases to treat. In the past, alternative therapies were not always considered for cancer treatment, but now are used more widely amongst the medical industry. Traditional methods of treatment are; surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. Currently cancer patients are no longer restricted to just these conventional methods of treatment. Many times complementary and alternative medicines are used for mesothelioma patients.

Here is a list of alternative therapies that have been beneficial to cancer patients as a treatment and are being used to treat the side effects of traditional treatment methods such as chemotherapy.

Acupuncture is commonly used as a complementary therapy to relieve pain, stress, and anxiety. In lung cancer patients, acupuncture is also used to aide in breathing.

Chiropractic care is often used to alleviate pain and is used in conjunction with traditional medicine. Cancer patients usually undergo a treatment regimen to make their treatment process more comfortable by alleviating headaches and stress.

Diet and Nutrition is very important in all aspects of staying healthy. It is important to consume beneficial foods before, during and after treatment as malnutrition can make a patient weak, tired, susceptible to infection, or unable to handle cancer treatments. Read more cancer diet and nutrition tips to ensure your taking in the appropriate amount of vitamins and nutrients you need.

Supplements are meant to do just that, supplement a healthy meal by providing nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, fatty acids, or amino acids that may be missing from your diet. It is very important to speak to either a doctor or a nutritionist regarding supplements since there can be real consequences to taking too many supplements or taking supplements that conflict with your diet or personal goals.

Yoga has been found to have many health benefits for cancer patients. The meditative process helps calm the nervous system and lower blood pressure. Yoga can also help in managing depression, insomnia, pain, and anxiety. The physical movement of practicing yoga also helps with stretching muscles, strength training, and breathing.

For more information on alternative therapies for cancer patients visit Patient advocates can be reached 24/7 to answer any additional questions you may have at 800-815-7924.