• Is anyone currently doing any form of complementary therapy along with chemo? If so, what you are doing that has helped?

    Asked by Zappy on Friday, February 1, 2013

    Is anyone currently doing any form of complementary therapy along with chemo? If so, what you are doing that has helped?

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    • nancyjac's Avatar

      What helped me the most was keeping my body and mind as active as possible during chemo. On days that I could, I walked or rode my bike. I practiced meditation and yoga, and when I was physically too tired I did logic or crossword puzzles. These were all things I did before diagnosis and treatment, but I keep them up as best I could during treatment as well.

      over 4 years ago
    • princess123's Avatar

      I get herceptin and projestive infusion by port.

      over 4 years ago
    • mhc's Avatar

      I had to have Neulasta shots for low white blood cell counts and learned that taking Claritin every day stopped me from having the bone pain that usually comes along with the shot. It really works. I know several people who have done this. There are very limited studies that have been done about this, but trust me, it helps!

      over 4 years ago
    • CAL's Avatar

      The integrative oncology center I go to "prescribes" very specific nutritional supplements after doing a comprehensive nutritional assessment via blood work. They also encourage exercise (with modifications during chemo & radiation), a very specifically modified diet, relaxation therapy (which can be meditation or other types of relaxation--mine is sewing and listening to books on CD to keep my hands busy and calm my mind), tai chi, massage, and others specific to each individual, cold lazer treatments, and accupunture. The cold lazer, accupunture and two of the supplements L-glutamine & Alph-Lipoiec Acid have helped with the peripheral neuropathy that I go after even the first dose of chemo and which go progressively worse with each dose. Walking also seemed to help. I did ok during chemo but it got harder after each dose. I start radiation in two days and even though I know there can be some severe side effects, I am feeling much better mentally and physically so I have been back to some of my usual complimentary therapies. I am hoping for a short winter and outdoor temperatures in the 40's soon as then I am more inclined to walk just for exercise as well as to do errands and take the bus to work and my treatments which forces me to walk more. When it is really cold, I just want to hibernate and sew or bake but definitely not go outside. That has a tendency to depress one and then when you don't feel good from the chemo, you get even more depressed so I am so glad to be feeling better.
      If you can find it at your library, look at the book "Life Over Cancer" by Keith Block. It has a lot of suggestions. I bought it on Amazon and reading it convinced my to go to the Block Integrative Oncology Center for my chemo. I am doing my radiation at my local clinic and after much research on my own, am satisfied with what the radiation oncologist has recommended. It will be a long 7 weeks but I'll be done by spring!!!

      over 4 years ago
    • barbaraanne's Avatar

      mhc is absoutley correct, the Claritin does help, big time. I learned after the 1st time take it right away after the neulasta shot. I actually take it for about a week. It also helped with the bloody nose I was getting, helped dry everything up..I also take a pain killer the doctor prescribed for about a week, it really helps if you take everything before all the reactions/pain starts. And don't get me started on the constipation...take senna pills or ducolax right away also..(providing u don't get the opposite reaction from the chemo meds. Good luck in your fight. I also try to exercise as much as possible, even if it is just to take my little doggie for a short walk...Keep you mind busy as nancyjac said and you will be fine:)

      over 4 years ago
    • polgara's Avatar

      I have heard wonderful things on K.Block book. I took liquid Siberian ginsing it's an adaptivegen (sp) helps your body process the chemo. Also am taking coq10 also known as ubeqinol helps protect your heart from free radicals and heart toxic chemo drugs like taxol.I have had three MUGHAS sobce taking it and the have all come back well no changes since my baseline test. You can contact Annie from the annieappleseed project. She did supplements and Chinese medicine when she was diagnosed with lung cancer. I decided to do both. Best of luck to you. There is also a great cookbook writren by two cancet survivors calked KICKING CANCER IN THE KITCHEN. The recipes are sorted by symptom ie. fatigue, mouth sores, immune support.

      over 4 years ago
    • MarnieC's Avatar

      Hi Zappy - much like nancyjac, I found that keeping active really helped. Yoga was key, also walking, but what helped me the most to keep the stress levels down and anxiety at bay was meditation. It really has the most beautiful, calming effect and it is good for your immune system too! I also took a bunch of vitamins and supplements and they helped to keep me well during the time when chemotherapy was zapping my immune system. Sending hugs!

      over 4 years ago
    • ElizaM's Avatar

      I have used mistletoe infusions and give myself daily shots at home (remember Suzanne Summers?). That, together with metal analysis indicating way too much copper in my body, I am taking many supplements which include high levels of zinc to combat the copper, plus many other items from Vital Nutrients in CT, to boost my immune system. There are many ways to approach eradicating the elements that feed cancer, and obviously diet and exercise are vitally important too. I hope this encourages you, and maybe others, to look into taking a proactive approach to destroying cancer cells in other ways than the allopathic approach to use only regular pharmaceuticals - hate keeping those companies manipulating our health and our pockets when there are so many other things that combat this disease. Another one is using cold pressed Hemp Oil!

      over 4 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      In addition to walking as much as i can and a weekly Pilates class, I get message and energy work done after most of my infusions - I really noticed a change in my anxitly and healing process when I started the massage/energy work. DH and I go to Kripalu a Yoga center in the Berkshires, every few months. We leave after my last infusion of the cycle, and spend 3-5 days there. I get lots of energy work, massages, practice yoga, ta chi, guide medication, etc. I always come back emotionally and physically refreshed. I try to Mediate at night before I fall a sleep, which does help. I also see a chiropractor, to help get the cricks sitting in the infusion chair and laying on scan tables cause.

      over 4 years ago
    • debco148's Avatar

      I just love to see so many talking about the benefits of exercise. It is freeing and amazing, the best medicine for our bodies besides our food. . My exersice of choice was Zumba! (for me that was tame compared to boxing, crossfit, kettle bells,etc. I used to do) I even remember down playing it as valid exersice at one time.. Well it is amazing cardio, but the best part is learning these dances helps the brain.. you build up to it and by asking the brain to learn, retain, and stimulate body movements actually helps you recover more quickly from the chemo fogs we get. My Doctor was amazed ..she said she didn't even think she could do it normally. But, like all exercise you do what feels right for you. I kicked up the intensity when I felt my body could handle it. The other days, I just moved slower and enjoyed the music and movement. The Cancer Fighting Kitchen is a wonderful book. Stock up on oranges and frozen fruit so you can enjoy some refreshing smoothies. Citrus seems to help the taste issue a bit..I remember thinking a cold orange tasted amazing and refreshing. I too took Claritin, but it did not help with the bone pain of the Taxol then Neulasta combo. B6 helped a bit with Neuropathy and now it is pretty much gone.(ended chemo Aug 2012) Also, I was turned on to Reiki as an adjunct therapy. Even some nurses are trained in it. I found this the most beneficial for the bone pain in my legs. Loved it so much, I trained and became a practioner. So now I can Reiki even myself. Try a treatment, many centers offer them free to chemo patients. Best to you for good healing!

      over 4 years ago

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