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    ACS: Complementary approaches that may be used with cancer treatment

    From the American Cancer Society:


    Can I safely use an alternative or complementary therapy?

    Many people with cancer use one or more kinds of alternative or complementary therapies. Often they do not tell their doctors about these decisions. The best approach is to look carefully at your choices. Talk to your doctor about any method you are using or thinking about trying. There are many complementary methods you can safely use along with standard treatment to help relieve symptoms or side effects, to ease pain, and to help you enjoy life more. Even if they are not fully tested, you can choose methods that donít usually cause harm and wonít interfere with your cancer treatment. Here is a partial list of some complementary methods that some people have found helpful and safe when used along with standard medical treatment.

    Complementary approaches that may be used with cancer treatment

    • Acupuncture: Acupuncture is a technique in which very thin needles are put into the body to treat a number of symptoms. It may help with mild pain and some types of nausea. (See our document called Acupuncture.)
    • Aromatherapy: Aromatherapy is the use of fragrant substances, called essential oils, that are distilled from plants to alter mood or improve symptoms such as stress or nausea. (See our document called Aromatherapy.)
    • Art therapy: Art therapy is used to help people with physical and emotional problems by using creative activities to express emotions. This is done by mainstream therapists with specialized training. (See our document called Art Therapy.)
    • Biofeedback: Biofeedback is a treatment method that uses monitoring devices to help people gain conscious control over physical processes that are usually controlled automatically, such as heart rate, blood pressure, temperature, sweating, and muscle tension. (See our document called Biofeedback.)
    • Labyrinth walking: Involves a meditative walk along a set circular pathway that goes to the center and comes back out. Labyrinths can also be ďwalkedĒ online or on a grooved board following the curved path with a finger. (See our document called Labyrinth Walking.)
    • Massage therapy: Massage involves manipulation, rubbing, and kneading of the bodyís muscle and soft tissue. Some studies suggest massage can decrease stress, anxiety, depression, and pain and increase alertness. (See our document called Massage.)
    • Meditation: Meditation is a mind-body process in which a person uses concentration or reflection to relax the body and calm the mind. (See our document called Meditation.)
    • Music therapy: Music therapy is offered by trained healthcare professionals who use music to promote healing and enhance quality of life. (See our document called Music Therapy.)
    • Prayer and spirituality: Spirituality is generally described as an awareness of something greater than the individual self. Itís often expressed through religion and/or prayer, but there are many other paths of spiritual pursuit and expression. (See our document called Spirituality and Prayer.)
    • Tai chi: Tai chi is an ancient Chinese martial art. Itís a mind-body system that uses movement, meditation, and breathing to improve health and well being. It has been shown to improve strength and balance in some people. (See our document called Tai Chi.)
    • Yoga: Yoga is a form of non-aerobic exercise that involves a program of precise posture and breathing activities. (See our document called Yoga.)

    Along with these, the American Cancer Society has information on many other types of alternative and complementary treatments. You can call us (1-800-227-2345) or visit our Web site (www.cancer.org) any time to find out more on these methods.
    The American Cancer Society recommends discussing all types of complementary or alternative treatments with your cancer treatment doctor (oncologist) and health care team. See our document called Guidelines for Using Complementary and Alternative Therapy for more information on how to go about this.
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    Sloan Kettering List of many herbs, supplements, other products and whether they complement or interact with therapy.

    Aussie, age 61
    1987 CIN 111. Cervix lasered, no further problems.

    Years of pain, bleeding, women's plumbing problems. TV ultrasound, tests, eventual hysterectomy 2007, fibroids in lining of Uterus.

    Dx Peripheral T Cell Lymphoma stage 2B bulky, aggressive Dec/09.
    6 chop14 and Neulasta.
    Clean PET April/10, 18 rads 36gy mop up. All done May 2010
    Iffy scan Nov. 2011. Scan Feb 2012 .still in remission.Still NED Nov 2012.
    Discharged Nov 2014.

    May/2012. U/sound, thyroid scan, FNB. Benign adenoma.

    Relapse Apr 2016. AITL. Some chemos then on to allo transplant. Onc says long remission was good. Still very fixable.

    SCT Aug 2016


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