Holistic Health and Cancer – a guide to Complementary Therapy
Breakthroughs in complementary cancer therapies used for the treatment of cancer now provide non-invasive, natural support to traditional cancer therapy.
According to the Canadian Cancer Society, 62 Canadian women will be diagnosed with breast cancer every day and there are many other forms of cancer that also affect women more frequently than you'd imagine. The good news is that breast cancer death rates have declined in every age group since at least the mid-1980s.
The treatments provided to cancer sufferers are potentially life saving but it comes at a price: traditional cancer therapies such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy can cause extreme side effects.
It's no wonder women affected by cancer are looking for natural, gentler ways to help them along their way to be cancer-free. And fortunately many holistic health options exist to support cancer sufferers and survivors
Breakthrough of a Holistic Approach to Health
Aromatherapy, acupuncture and other complementary methods are no replacement for mainstream medicine but some patients find that these therapies are helpful in managing symptoms and providing a sense of wellbeing.
Most Canadian medical schools provide some training in complementary therapies, though they are not typically part of standard patient care in most doctor’s offices, hospitals or cancer centres. Talk to your doctor or local cancer organization if you're interested in finding out more about which complementary therapy might be most beneficial to you.
Over the next few pages we explore the complementary cancer therapies available and how can they help.
Outlook on Complementary Therapy
Dawn O’Reilly*, a 52-year-old mother of two, was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic lymphoma after discovering a lump in her neck.
Now she has only a few remaining hospital appointments to go, Dawn * is over the worst of her medical treatment for leukemia and has praised the role of complementary therapy in her recovery.
She said: ‘When you have a disease like cancer, you are reminded of it every waking moment of your life.
‘You need something which you believe in, that will help take your mind off it and I have had that boost from the complementary therapy.’
‘It has helped me enormously.’
It seems the skeptical medical profession have come a long way in their approach to health in the last 20 years.
These therapies may not be the answer to all our health problems, but a holistic approach to well-being certainly gives hope to the thousands of women affected each year by this disease.
By Lucy McGuire