Alternative Treatment Options for Prostate Cancer
After being diagnosed with prostate cancer or after pursuing cancer treatment, prostate cancer patients will find themselves in a baffling state, especially when trying to choose appropriate medical treatment option for recovery. No single treatment for prostate cancer is right for anyone as every treatment option has its merits and demerits. Owing to side-effects of standard medical procedures, a lot of patients think of alternative prostate cancer treatments.
Here is an outline of how you can decide the best alternative treatment for yourself.
Complementary and Alternative Medicine
There are various approaches and ways to treat prostate, however, treatment option usually depends on factors, such as the grade/stage (severity) of cancer, your age and lifestyle considerations.
CAM therapies during cancer care help patients to cope with the side-effects of cancer treatments (such as nausea, pain and fatigue), relieve stress and try to cure the cancer. It may or may not work for everyone, but can be effective in managing side-effects. [Read: CAM Therapies]
Complementary Medicine – The practice of complementary medicine, such as acupuncture is pursued along with standard medical treatments.
Alternative Medicine – Alternative medicine is a practice used as an alternative to standard medical treatments. A specific diet structure to treat cancer is one of the examples. [Read: Alternative Therapies for Health]
Integrative Medicine – This method is the integration of medical treatment with alternative therapy aimed at comforting the patient's mind and body. For example, people may learn to overcome or reduce stress during chemotherapy.
Type of CAM Practices
CAM practices are broadly classified into natural products, body-based practices, mind practices and body medicine.
- Natural Products – A variety of herbal medicines, vitamins, minerals and other natural products are part of this category and some of them are sold as over-the-counter dietary supplements. Probiotics (live microorganisms usually bacteria) found in the human digestive tract are also a part of natural products. These are non-digestible ingredients that selectively stimulate the growth or promote activity of microorganisms in the body to ensure healthy body functions.
- Mind and Body Medicine – These help to improve interactions of the brain with physical functioning of body parts. They include practicing postures and developing an open attitude towards distractions. These are mostly used for relaxation by improving the psychological balance, coping with illness and enhancing overall health. Yoga or acupuncture can be used as a general health regimen by prostate cancer patients. [Read: Yoga - The Perfect Stress Buster]
Although, alternative medicines do not have any side-effects, it is important to talk to a doctor before trying them to ensure that they do not get in the way of cancer treatment.
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Source: Onlymyhealth editorial team Aug 31, 2012
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