• Has anyone had alternative treatments. What and where?

    Asked by Kola1623 on Wednesday, April 17, 2019

    Has anyone had alternative treatments. What and where?

    Like infusions, to build up your immune system, heat therapy, or anything else. Was it helpful? Did you get results?

    14 Answers from the Community

    14 answers
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      No, but I do get immunotherapy treatments to build up my immune system and it's been keeping me alive for over 6 years after being diagnosed with stage IV NSCLC.

      8 months ago
    • JMP's Avatar
      JMP

      My wife used several alternative treatments to help manage side effects from treatments and to help alleviate some of the symptoms from her cancer. We never pursued these to treat her disease though. Here are a few that did help with side effects and symptoms.
      Acupuncture was helpful with neuropathy caused by chemo. It also helped with her breathing, especially when she began to have problems with her sinuses.
      Gentle massage was also great for neuropathy, especially in her legs.
      She did float therapy for about a year. It helped with pain and anxiety. The place she did this also offered heat therapy and salt therapy but she was not interested in these.
      Hope this is useful.

      8 months ago
    • PitbullDad's Avatar
      PitbullDad

      I had head and neck cancer the mets to lung. After two surgeries to remove lung nodules, there were "findings of concern" in the follow up CT Scan. I asked if there is any approach that might prevent future occurrence and the oncologist requested Medicare and Insurance and got me approved for Opdivo. I have had four treatments. The next CT Scan showed NED (No Evidence of Disease) and he said I would have three more, then wait and watch.

      8 months ago
    • 2943's Avatar
      2943

      I had acupuncture treatments with chemo. I did not have the same side effects others have reported. It also helped some with my neuropathy.

      8 months ago
    • dillyhilly's Avatar
      dillyhilly

      I have been getting Immune therapy just started with my cheomo 1day every 3 weeks, the other 2 days chemo. I have to go for a scan this week, to see if tumors have shrunk. Next monday is my third round of Immunetherapy, 4 round of chemo. I know my blood test have pushed me off schedule since my white counts have been low. Will see what monday brings.

      8 months ago
    • brizzjo's Avatar
      brizzjo

      I have been through radiation and chemo. I was taken off chemo because I ended up in the hospital almost passing away. I’ve been on keytruda for 6 months with no shrinkage of my tumor, and very sick with colitis. Have been passing out at home from being dehydrated from the colitis. I was in the hospital the whole month of December with pneumonia. I was given 10 years as a prognosis, it’s been one year and a very discouraging feeling. It’s so hard to go on especially with no family support. I hear people say they’ve never felt better, is this everyone’s opinion or am I one of the unlucky ones?

      8 months ago
    • Paperpusher's Avatar
      Paperpusher

      @brizzjo my husband almost died from his chemo and rad too. He was hospitalized and had to have 5 pints of blood, platelets and lots of fluid. He was diagnosed with esophagitis, acute renal failure, dehydration and a bunch of other things I don't remember. He had dropped from 275lbs to 216lbs in 3 months. He was almost finished with treatment so they dropped his last few radiation treatments and changed his last round of chemo from cisplatin to carboplatin to not harm the kidneys more. He was given a 25% chance of making it to 5 years. It's four years post treatment and he's stable. I'm sorry you're going through such a rough time and hope that things improve for you soon. It's got to be hard with no family support. Do you have any friends who can visit you on a decent day?

      8 months ago
    • DanielD's Avatar
      DanielD

      One of the great things about this forum are the success stories. People who have come close to dying, who have been given (like brizzjo's husband) 20% chance to live 5 years. There's always hope, and maybe more importantly, you do have some measure of control. It's the feeling of helplessness that I find is my biggest enemy.
      Bless you all.

      8 months ago
    • brizzjo's Avatar
      brizzjo

      It was me, I'm not married. Last boyfriend left because of my cancer. I do have some friends Paperpusher, but they're busy with their own lives and children.

      8 months ago
    • DanielD's Avatar
      DanielD

      I'm so sorry brizzjo. I was reading Paperpusher's post and you were referred to and I, well, I made a stupid inference.
      Any chance i can blame it on chemo brain? :)

      8 months ago
    • brizzjo's Avatar
      brizzjo

      Most definitely, I've used that myself a couple of times myself

      8 months ago
    • ariez's Avatar
      ariez

      I have NHL and have been doing scalar treatments at MOA Wellness Center in Honolulu, but can't tell whether it's helping or not. This has been my longest time, almost 2 yrs., since receiving and stopping chemo and doing the scalar treatments. The last PET scan, however, showed an increase in size of tumors although not as large as when first diagnosed. Onc. Dr. is ok with wait and watch. I will be having another PET scan in May when I see the Dr. again.

      8 months ago
    • brizzjo's Avatar
      brizzjo (Best Answer!)

      Please keep me updated on your progress. My tumor shrunk a little with chemo, I’m on Keytruda now, which onc. Doctor was hoping to build up my immunity and shrink the tumor more. So far I’ve had diarrhea, lost weight and tumor isn’t shrinking.

      8 months ago
    • Morwen's Avatar
      Morwen

      Now it's being said that chemo drugs contain cancer causing ingredients. I haven't started treatment yet but now I'm really scared. So many horror stories.

      7 months ago

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