Complementary and alternative medicine is a safe and effective way to manage cancer pain and reduce side effects from chemotherapy, surgery, radiation therapy, and hormone therapy. If you or a loved one is suffering from side effects such as nausea and vomiting, pain, fatigue, anxiety/depression, malnutrition, weight loss, weakened immune system, constipation, brain fog, or lack of mobility, we can help! Read on to learn the proven alternative health methods that can help you improve your quality of life while fighting cancer.
Acupuncture To Reduce Side Effects of Chemotherapy & Radiation
Recent medical research in the United States shows acupuncture is a safe and effective supplemental treatment for people who experience certain symptoms of cancer. It can also help manage some side effects from chemotherapy, surgery, radiation therapy, and hormone therapy.
One study of 302 breast cancer patients found that acupuncture was helpful in managing mental fatigue, physical pain, anxiety, and depression over a 6-week period.
Acupuncture helps with:
- Nausea and vomiting related to chemotherapy
- Xerostomia related to radiation therapy
- Hot flashes related to hormone treatment
- Joint pain related to aromatase inhibitor therapy
- Mental fatigue
- Physical pain
Nutrition To Reduce Side Effects of Chemotherapy & Radiation
Nutrition is an important part of cancer treatment. Research shows that Chemotherapy and radiation interferes in the diet of cancer patients having a negative impact on the micro and macronutrient intake over time causing many patients to become malnourished. Malnutrition deteriorates the efficiency of all kinds of oncologic interventions. One on one nutrition counseling has been shown to combat this in recent studies. Eating the right kinds of foods before, during, and after treatment can help patients feel better, stay stronger, and fight the side effects of treatment. Proper nutrition and supplements will help improve the immune system, maintain muscle strength, increase energy levels, and maintain a healthy weight, all of which can improve your quality of life.
Side Effects Nutrition Counseling & Supplements Can Help With:
- Nausea and vomiting related to chemotherapy
- Weight loss due to loss of appetite, nausea, and vomiting
- Diarrhea due to chemotherapy, radiation, malabsorption, or antibiotics.
- Constipation related to chemotherapy, certain medications, or lack of exercise
- Weight gain due to steroid or hormone therapy
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy To Reduce Side Effects of Chemotherapy & Radiation
Research has concluded that hyperbaric oxygen therapy can provide many clinical benefits in the treatment of tumors, including management of highly malignant gliomas. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy combined with radiotherapy protocol resulted in better treatment of tumors compared to radiation treatment alone. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy also increases the cytostatic effect of certain drugs, which can make chemotherapy more effective. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is safe and well tolerated by patients.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Can Help:
- Patients heal after going through radiation therapy
- Patients heal after surgery
- Reduce the size of tumors
- Make chemotherapy more effective
- Increase stem cell production
- Improve the immune system during and after chemotherapy
Oncology Massage To Reduce Side Effects of Chemotherapy & Radiation
Research has concluded that oncology massages/therapeutic massages can help manage the side effects of cancer and cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and radiology.
A 2016 study looked at the benefits of massage for people undergoing chemotherapy. This study found that oncology massages led to improvements in pain, fatigue, nausea, and anxiety.
Oncology Massage Can Help:
- Depression & Mood Disorders
- Cancer fatigue
- Cancer pain
- Anxiety & stress
- Chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting
Far Infrared Sauna To Reduce Side Effects of Chemotherapy & Radiation
Several medical studies have found that regular infrared sauna sessions have been able to improve fatigue and chronic pain, among other chemotherapy side effects.
Although regular saunas provide some of the same benefits, they can increase nausea symptoms because of the high temperatures (185°F on average). On the other hand, infrared saunas help treat Chemotherapy symptoms without increasing nausea because they operate at lower temperatures (140°F on average). Infrared rays penetrate your body more deeply, which cause your body to start sweating at a lower temperature than a traditional sauna. With Far Infrared Saunas patients get the pain and fatigue relief without having to tolerate intense heat that could trigger other chemotherapy side effects, such as nausea.
Far Infrared Sauna Can Help:
- Decrease cancer pain
- Decrease fatigue from chemotherapy
- Improve immune system
- Reduce anxiety & stress
- Improve mood
IV Vitamin C To Reduce Side Effects of Chemotherapy & Radiation
Research has shown that IV Vitamin C improves the quality of life of cancer patients, both in the presence and absence of chemotherapy and radiation. This safe and effective treatment results in a significant reduction in symptoms of cancer and side effects of chemotherapy/radiation.
IV Vitamin C Can Help:
- Reduce fatigue
- Reduce pain
- Improve depression and sleep disorders
- Reduce rates of constipation
- Improve physical, emotional, cognitive, and social function
- Decrease nausea/vomiting
- Improve appetite
- Reduce dizziness
Chiropractic Care To Reduce Side Effects of Chemotherapy & Radiation
Research has shown that chiropractic care is a safe and effective way of dealing with pain caused by cancer or cancer treatment such as chemotherapy and radiation. A case study published in 2001 in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics followed two cancer patients that sought out chiropractic care to manage their pain and improve their quality of life. One patient was terminal; however, regular chiropractic care was able to significantly reduce his pain to the point where he was able to reduce some of his medications. For this patient, chiropractic adjustments were able to give him relief from intense pain for his remaining days. The second patient, who was recovering from lung cancer surgery, found relief for his chronic back pain through chiropractic treatments. After a year of searching for pain relief, chiropractic adjustments were able to reduce his pain enough to stop his pain medication.
Chiropractic Care Can Help:
- Reduce back pain, headaches, and joint pain
- Reduce stress
- Increase mobility
- Increase flexibility
- Increase strength & function
Here at Gentle Wellness Center our team of dedicated medical professionals and alternative health providers use the best of traditional medicine while incorporating proven alternative methods to create an integrative solution for our patients. We work in partnership with the patients themselves, allowing them to take ownership in their own treatment plan while learning more about the integrative nature of the human body.
If you or a loved one is suffering from cancer pain or side effects from cancer treatment such as chemotherapy, surgery, radiation therapy, and hormone therapy our integrative wellness center can help. Give us a call at 703-436-1512 or fill out our contact form.