Alternative Treatments for Liver Cancer
In addition to standard treatments for liver cancer, alternative treatments (such as vitamins, herbal products, and meditation) may be helpful for those living with the disease. Alternative treatments can also include such things as acupuncture, massage therapy, and special diets. In some cases, alternative treatments can interfere with standard treatments for liver cancer. Before starting any such alternative treatment, patients should discuss it with their healthcare provider.
Some people with liver cancer may try alternative treatments to ease stress or to reduce side effects and symptoms associated with the disease. Usually, people combine alternative liver cancer treatments with more standard treatments for the disease (such as surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy).
Acupuncture, massage therapy, herbal products, vitamins, special diets, visualization, meditation, and spiritual healing are just some of the types of alternative treatments that some people try. Many people say that such approaches help them feel better.
Some alternative treatments, including certain vitamins, may interfere with standard treatment. Combining an alternative treatment for liver cancer with standard treatment may even be harmful. Some alternative treatments are expensive, and health insurance may not cover the cost.
Pain is a common problem for people with liver cancer. The tumor can cause pain by pressing against nerves and other organs. Also, some treatments for liver cancer may cause discomfort.
In addition to standard methods of reducing or relieving pain associated with the disease, the healthcare team may also suggest alternative treatments for liver cancer pain. For example, massage therapy, acupuncture, or acupressure may be used along with other approaches. Some people with liver cancer may learn to relieve pain through relaxation techniques, such as listening to slow music or breathing slowly and comfortably.