Cancer can be a devastating diagnosis and it’s one of the most feared, although you don’t have to go through it alone. Fighting cancer — and winning this battle — requires a strong spirit, a great support system and an effective treatment plan that addresses your mental and physical well-being.
Your Cancer Alliance serves as a resource to help you find the support you need and manage your side effects. You’ll find resources here to learn more about the latest research, clinical trials and support groups as well as effective ways to manage pain without medication. Approximately 1 in 3 patients suffer from pain, whether it’s due to the cancer itself or the treatments, and many do not get effective relief from medication alone. We’ll help you learn more about things you can do on your own to combat pain without interfering with your treatment plan.
While your doctor may recommend you to a pallative care specialist, you have other options as well, including acupuncture, biofeedback, meditation, guided imagery, hypnosis, yoga and more.
Unfortunately, cancer pain is not treated as well as it should be, in part because doctors are generally resistant to asking about pain or offering treatment options. Patients, on the other hand, are often afraid to speak up about their own pain, sometimes because they think it means their cancer is getting worse or because they think it’s just a normal part of having cancer. Others are afraid of becoming addicting to medication, which is very rare in this situation, or they fear the side effects.
Alternative therapy isn’t just an option if medication isn’t working for you; it can also be used as a supplement to treatment you’re already receiving from your doctor. Depending on your symptoms, here are some forms of therapy to consider:
- For anxiety, try relaxation techniques, hypnosis, massage or guided meditation.
- For fatigue, exercise, yoga, massage and relaxation techniques can be effective.
- For nausea, research shows that music, aromatherapy, acupuncture and hypnosis may all be able to help.
- For pain, try biofeedback, aromatherapy, acupuncture, hypnosis, massage or guided meditation.
- Sleep problems respond well to exercise, yoga and guided imagery downloads that you can listen to as you fall asleep.
- For stress, try a tai chi class or video, massage, aromatherapy, exercise, hypnosis, yoga or a guided sleep meditation.
If you’d like to share your story of hope and success, please contact us. We’d love to share your inspirational story with others to give them the courage they need to get through this and beat cancer for good.