When I went through chemotherapy and radiation for my cancer I considered the many side effects that I experienced to be one of those problems that I needed to just deal with-I just had to suck it up.
What can I say? I was young (35) and foolish. Twenty plus years later I know better. Collateral damage aka side effects is one of the main reasons why cancer patients alter or discontinue their therapy. Changing or stopping therapy negatively changes your prognosis…
The articles linked and excerpted below cite acupuncture as an evidence-based therapy to alleviate fatigue, pain, depression, anxiety, nausea and others. And this is just one of many evidence-based non-conventional therapies that can help you manage chemotherapy and radiation.
Don’t ignore your side effects. I am both a cancer survivor and cancer coach. To learn more about identifying and preventing the collateral damage that accompanies chemotherapy, radiation and immunotherapy please scroll down the page, post a question or comment and I will reply to you ASAP.
“Acupuncture may be a potential adjunct treatment option for cancer-related fatigue (CRF) in patients with LC…
“Most LC patients experience multiple symptoms related either to the disease or its treatment. The commonly reported symptoms are pain, depression, anxiety, nausea, and poor well-being…
A significant positive correlation between improved well-being and the number of acupuncture sessions was observed… Receiver operating characteristic analysis demonstrated that a minimum of 6 acupuncture sessions are required for a 70% chance of a clinically important improvement in well-being.
The present study is the first to demonstrate that acupuncture may be an effective approach for improving symptoms—in particular, pain and well–being—in LC patients. Acupuncture is a safe and minimally invasive procedure, and it is potentially useful even in patients undergoing anticancer treatment…”