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Alternative Bone Cancer Treatment

Some people use alternative treatments for bone cancer to ease stress or to reduce the side effects and symptoms of bone cancer. In most cases, people combine alternative treatments with the more standard treatment for bone cancer. Alternative treatment methods include acupuncture, massage therapy, herbal products, vitamins, and other options.

Alternative Bone Cancer Treatment: An Overview

Some people use alternative bone cancer treatment to ease stress or to reduce side effects and symptoms of bone cancer. In most cases, people combine alternative treatments with the more standard treatments for bone cancer (surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy).

Types of Alternative Treatment for Bone Cancer

Alternative bone cancer treatment methods can include:
  • Acupuncture
  • Massage therapy
  • Herbal products
  • Vitamins or special diets
  • Visualization
  • Meditation
  • Spiritual healing.
Many people say that these approaches help them feel better. However, some types of alternative treatment may interfere with standard treatment, and combining alternative treatment for bone cancer with standard treatment may even be harmful. It is important to note that some types of alternative treatments are expensive, and health insurance may not cover the cost of alternative treatments.

Alternative Pain Treatment

Pain is a potential problem for people with bone cancer. It can be caused by a tumor that is pressing against nerves and other organs, or pain can be caused by the treatment for bone cancer itself.
(Click Bone Cancer Pain for more information about pain relief for bone cancer.)
The patient's doctor or a specialist in pain control can relieve or reduce pain in several ways, including:
  • Pain medicine
  • Radiation
  • Nerve block.
The healthcare team may also suggest alternative treatment for pain, such as:
  • Massage
  • Acupuncture
  • Acupressure.
Patients may also learn to relieve pain through relaxation techniques, such as listening to slow music or breathing slowly and comfortably.
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