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Treating Mesothelioma – An Overview of Non-traditional Alternatives

Patients suffering from mesothelioma, a type of cancer which attacks the lining of the lungs and abdominal cavity, usually receive treatment in ways similar to other cancer patients. Mainstream options such as chemotherapy and radiation therapies are widely accepted and endorsed by the medical and scientific communities. Both these treatments, however, carry many negative side effects that can seriously reduce a patient’s quality of life.

For this reason, some mesothelioma patients may seek out alternative treatment options to deal with the symptoms of the disease. Although these “non-traditional” therapies are usually not seen as medically credible, many patients claim to have benefitted from them. In some cases, alternative therapies can be used in conjunction with chemotherapy or radiation as a way to relieve the negative side effects of the mainstream treatments.

Acupuncture – The centuries-old art of acupuncture is used for a variety of purposes in China, including pain relief. It stimulates very specific points on the body through the use of long, thin needles to control pain and correct many bodily disorders.

Massage – While massage is not viewed as a treatment for mesothelioma itself, it has value as a way to help a suffering patient relax. Massage will help relax tense muscles, promote blood flow, and may even reduce the nausea from chemotherapy.

Nutritional Supplements – Often involving herbs, many nutritional supplements tout their ability to boost the immune system, promote overall health, or even impede the growth of cancer. Although such statements have not been confirmed or endorsed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), many mesothelioma patients view them as helpful. A word of caution: patients should always consult with their doctors before taking any nutritional supplement, as certain herbs or chemicals can interfere with medical treatment.

TENS Therapy – Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation Therapy is another option used by mesothelioma patients to relieve the intense pain associated with the disease and its treatment. It sends electrical current through the nervous system using a set of electrodes. The goal is to stimulate the brain into producing pain-inhibiting substances which are similar to morphine.

There is more than one way to treat mesothelioma and its symptoms. Whether you choose modern medical treatment or more holistic alternatives, remember your legal alternatives as well. If you or someone you love is suffering from mesothelioma, call 800-781-3955 and set up a free initial consultation with a mesothelioma lawyer from Williams Hart to discuss your legal options.

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