Faced with a diagnosis of cancer there are many people who choose to pursue alternative treatments.

It is important to distinguish this from complementary medicine in that ‘alternative’ options are taken in place of conventional medicine and ‘complementary’ medicine is meant to work along with and enhance conventional methods.
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In choosing to seek out an alternative approach to healing it must be noted that this is a serious step and the individual does well to give it much thought and research. Unfortunately. there often just isn’t the background of scientific studies that can provide the needed support to indicate whether a course of treatment is safe and effective.

Nonetheless, given some of the side effects of radiation and chemotherapy it is understandable that some choose this path after they have had the necessary surgery. It may be difficult, however, to find a supportive physician who will continue to monitor your progress. If this should prove to be the case it is recommended that an individual seek out a reputable health care professional that works in the field of holistic healing.
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Most alternative treatments require a dramatic change in the way one lives. It will require commitment and discipline to achieve the best results. Many programs require a detoxification period followed by a healthful regime that includes better eating, supplementary vitamins, herbal potions, breathing exercises, massage therapy, acupuncture, and meditation to name but a few. There will no doubt be any number of products offered from others who have claimed to get successful results. While caution and research are vital, and there can be no guarantees given, no one can dispute that there have been some remarkable results with some of these non-standard approaches.

Complementary medicine, while working along with the conventional treatments taken, do not usually come with a lot of scientific grounding and research as well. As a whole, they are not used to treat the illness per se, but rather as a method to relieve some of the side effects of cancer treatments and to improve the quality of life overall.

Some of the recommended therapies involve – acupuncture and acupressure to relieve pain and stress, vitamin and herbal remedies to help build the immune system, visualization to empower the body to fight the disease, meditation to control pain and to focus on positive thoughts, aromatherapy – also to relieve pain and stress, and yoga to help strengthen the body overall.

In pursuing complementary therapies it is good to coordinate with your doctor and inform him of anything that may have a possibility of interacting negatively with the treatments he is giving you. As an example, Vitamin C is a powerful aid to boost the immune system but it can work to worsen the side effects of the chemotherapy drug methotrexate. So it may mean that you would need to wait until your treatments have concluded before adding it to your arsenal.

With the growing understanding of the benefits of these different approaches to healing more and more doctors are open to the patient’s efforts in this regard. In fact some standard hospitals are adding alternative medicine wings to complement their procedures. In approaching your doctor with any idea, be prepared with the research you have made and be willing to take the time to discuss them frankly with him. While some may not entirely agree with a reported result they will at least acknowledge that the patient benefits more often than not from an overall improvement in the quality of their life.
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