Surveys show that approximately 30 to 80 percent of cancer survivors are electing to integrate complementary therapies into their traditional cancer care. Complementary therapy is a therapy that is used in addition to traditional cancer treatment.
Studies have revealed that patients incorporate complementary therapies into their traditional cancer care because it gives them an opportunity to take an active role in their health care. The "research indicates that patients who are involved in their own care and who take an active role in their treatment, feel better and in some but not all studies recover better." When cancer patients are asked why they are interested in complementary therapies, most report a "hope of boosting the immune system, relieving pain, and controlling the side effects related to disease or treatment."
Used for the management of various types of pain, this gentle therapy is effective at reducing many of the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation, including nausea, fatigue, hot flashes and loss of appetite.
Used to reduce stress, this is a mind-body modality that uses monitoring equipment to provide visual or audible feedback of activity in muscles and parts of the nervous system. This therapy helps patients distinguish between the body's stress response and relaxation.
A form of relaxation therapy, guided imagery uses the creation of meaningful mental images to help reduce stress and promote healing.
Working with a pharmacist, patients can identify potential interactions between chemotherapy and herbal remedies they may want to try.
Through counseling, patients can address the relationship between mind and body and the emotional aspects of being diagnosed and treated for cancer. Counseling may use a variety of the therapeutic techniques listed in this brochure.
This therapy uses various techniques to manipulate and relax the muscles and soft tissues of the body to promote emotional and physical relaxation.
During this state of restful alertness, distractions are blocked, allowing a person to concentrate on a particular subject, memory, sensation or problem, which can enhance a person's control over the body's response.
Patients can meet with a nutritionist to discuss the use of dietary strategies to treat illness and promote good health.
This form of exercise combines movement, meditation, and breathing awareness to promote relaxation.
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