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Acupuncture, massage therapy, herbal products, and vitamins are among the alternative treatments for thyroid cancer. Most people combine alternate methods with standard treatments -- they can help ease stress or reduce side effects and symptoms of the disease. Keep in mind, however, that combining certain alternatives with standard treatments can be harmful.

Can Thyroid Cancer Be Treated With Alternative Methods?

Some people use alternative treatment for thyroid cancer to ease stress or to reduce side effects and symptoms of thyroid cancer. In most cases, people will combine alternative treatments with standard treatments, such as surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and biological therapy.

Types of Alternative Treatment for Thyroid Cancer

Types of alternative thyroid cancer treatments include:
  • Acupuncture
  • Massage therapy
  • Herbal products
  • Vitamins or special diets
  • Visualization
  • Meditation
  • Spiritual healing.
Many people say that these alternative options are helpful. However, some of them may interfere with standard treatment. In some cases, combining alternative and standard thyroid cancer treatment may even be harmful. Also, some types of alternative treatments are expensive, and health insurance may not cover the cost.

Alternative Treatments for Pain

Pain is a potential problem for people with thyroid cancer. The tumor can cause pain when it presses against nerves and other organs. Pain may also be a side effect of some treatments for the disease. In addition to standard options to reduce or relieve thyroid cancer pain, the healthcare team may suggest the following alternatives:
  • Massage therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Acupressure
  • Relaxation techniques.
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