Complementary therapies for Mesothelioma are those used in conjunction with orthodox treatment options such as surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. Alternative treatments are therapies done in place of orthodox treatment.
Due to the lack of proven efficacy, alternative medicine is not recommended by doctors for the treatment of mesothelioma.
‘Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that develops from the thin layer of tissue that covers many of the internal organs (known as the mesothelium, Commonly affecting the lining of the lungs and chest wall. More than 80% of mesothelioma cases are caused by exposure to asbestos’-Wikipedia
Complementary treatments, however, can help alleviate pain or discomfort caused by the disease as well as symptoms that arise from standard treatments. A few therapies mesothelioma patients can supplement into their traditional treatment plan include:
- During acupuncture, tiny needles are inserted into the skin at precise points across the body. It can alleviate nausea, a common side effect associated with chemotherapy.
- Hypnosis is performed by a licensed therapist and induces a deep state of calm and concentration. It can be used to control pain, anxiety, stress, and nausea.
- Massage can aid with pain and stress management. It can also help with anxiety and fatigue often caused by conventional cancer treatments. Massage therapy should be done by a certified practitioner. If your blood counts are low, massage may not be a viable complementary option.
- Many studies have confirmed that cancer does not thrive in oxygenated (aerobic) environments. Ozone therapy oxygenates the blood, creating a more aerobic environment. Additionally, ozone (O3) is germicidal, bactericidal, and fungicidal — all of which can help the body fight off infection. During the procedure, blood is removed from the patient’s body, oxygenated, and reintroduced to the body.
- Also considered “integrative” therapy, meditation helps the user feel more at-ease and physically relaxed. This method involves the user finding a quiet place, focusing on a breathing pattern or image, and then holding a specific posture or movement. Some meditation experts suggest repeating a word or phrase out loud, referred to as a mantra, while others prefer physical movement.
Consult with your mesothelioma specialist before undergoing any complementary treatments.
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