Alternative Testicular Cancer Treatment
Alternative testicular cancer treatment can consist of several different therapies used in addition to, or in place of, traditional treatment. There are five categories of complementary and alternative treatment: biologically based practices, mind-body medicines, manipulative and body-based practices, energy medicine, and whole medical systems. If you decide to use any form of alternative testicular cancer treatment, be sure to discuss it with your doctor first to make sure it won't interfere with the treatment you are already receiving.
You have many decisions to make before, during, and after your testicular cancer treatment. One option you may be thinking about is complementary and alternative medicine.
There are a number of reasons why people consider trying complementary and alternative testicular cancer treatment, including to:
- Comfort themselves and ease the worries of cancer treatment and related stress
- Help cope with the side effects of cancer treatments, such as nausea, pain, and fatigue
- Feel that they are doing something more to help with their own care
- Try to treat or cure their cancer.
Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is any medical system, practice, or product that is not thought of as standard care. Standard medical care is care that is based on scientific evidence. For cancer, it includes chemotherapy, radiation, biological therapy, and surgery.
Complementary medicine is used along with standard medical treatments. One example is using acupuncture to help with side effects of cancer treatment.
Alternative medicine is used in place of standard medical treatments. One example is using a special diet to treat cancer instead of a method that a cancer specialist (an oncologist) suggests.
Integrative medicine is a total approach to care that involves the patient's mind, body, and spirit. It combines standard medicine with the complementary and alternative medicine practices that have shown the most promise.
For example, some people learn to use relaxation as a way to reduce stress during chemotherapy.
For this article, we will be using the phrase alternative testicular cancer treatment to include alternative, complementary, and integrative medicine.