Integrative Strategies for Cancer Patients: A Practical Resource for Managing the Side Effects of Cancer Therapy
By: Elena Ladas (editor), Kara M. Kelly (editor)Paperback
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Although 1.4 million people are diagnosed with cancer each year, few reliable resources are currently available to meet the increasing interest of cancer patients for complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) techniques to manage the side effects of cancer treatment. An interactive, hands-on resource guide, this unique handbook reviews the applications of specific CAM therapies in the management of symptoms and side effects commonly encountered during cancer treatment. This handbook seeks to provide the patient undergoing cancer treatment with a comprehensive set of CAM self-care techniques, including Chinese medicine, acupressure, reflexology, massage therapy, aromatherapy, yoga, and nutritional and herbal counseling that do not require visiting with a CAM provider. Organized alphabetically, each side effect chapter reviews both the conventional medicine and Chinese medicine perspective on the development and management of the side effect and reviews the applicable CAM therapies to help ameliorate the condition, referencing the pictorially descriptive appendix, organized by CAM treatment.
This book can be used as a reference resource and does not have to be read from front to back. To help guide the patient who is considering CAM use while receiving cancer treatment, communication with health care providers and practical considerations are also reviewed. This handbook seeks to address some of the more common side effects experienced by people undergoing cancer treatment and answers questions like: How can I relieve the nausea I have after my chemotherapy infusion? What can I do to alleviate the constipation I am experiencing? Why am I feeling so fatigued and how can I get more energy? With certain chemotherapy agents I have been getting tingling in my hands, which the doctors tell me is peripheral neuropathy. Is there an essential oil or massage technique that could help minimize the sensations?
CAM and Cancer; CAM Treatments Descriptions: Chinese Medicine; Acupressure; Reflexology; Massage; Aromatherapy; Yoga; Nutrition and Herbal Counseling; Coping with Side Effects: Anxiety and Fear; Constipation; Depression; Diarrhea; Dry Mouth and Thick Saliva; Dry Skin; Fatigue; Headaches; Immune Suppression; Loss of Appetite and Taste Changes; Mucositis and Mouth Sores; Muscle Atrophy; Nausea and Vomiting; Pain; Peripheral Neuropathy; Communicating with Your Physician and CAM Provider; Practical Considerations in Choosing a CAM Treatment and CAM Provider; Appendices: Pullout Acupressure Point Chart; Reflexology Chart; Massage How ToA" Chart; Essential Oil Reference; Yoga Chart; Recipes; Resources-Organizations/Websites/Books.
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