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Pancreatic Cancer Alternative Treatment

For some people with pancreatic cancer, alternative treatment may be a way to ease stress or reduce symptoms and side effects of the disease. Most people use these methods along with more standard treatments for pancreatic cancer. Alternative options may include such things as acupuncture, massage therapy, and meditation. Patients considering such treatments should discuss them first with their healthcare provider.

Alternative Treatment for Pancreatic Cancer: An Overview

Some people use pancreatic cancer alternative treatment to help relieve symptoms of the disease. It can also help minimize medication side effects or even help with stress when coping with pancreatic cancer. In most cases, people will combine alternative treatments with standard treatment, such as surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy.

Types of Alternative Treatment

Alternative ways to treat pancreatic cancer may involve:
  • Acupuncture
  • Massage therapy
  • Herbal products
  • Vitamins or special diets
  • Visualization
  • Meditation
  • Spiritual healing.
Some types of treatment may interfere with standard methods. Therefore, patients should talk to their healthcare provider prior to starting any alternative treatments.

Pancreatic Cancer Alternative Treatment for Pain

Pain is a common problem for people with pancreatic cancer. In addition to standard treatments to reduce or relieve pain associated with pancreatic cancer, members of the healthcare team may suggest alternative methods. These pain relief methods may include such things as:
  • Massage therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Acupressure
  • Relaxation techniques.
(Click Pain With Pancreatic Cancer for more information.)
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