Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that affects the tissues surrounding the lungs, the heart, and other organs. Its most common form is pleural Mesothelioma, which has symptoms that include shortness of breath, coughing, and chest pain. Although there are several treatment options that are available when a diagnosis of Mesothelioma has been reached, in most cases they are designed to alleviate symptoms. To date there has been no cure found for this condition, and it is unfortunate that many of the treatments that have successfully prolonged life may create additional painful and uncomfortable symptoms. Additionally, the diagnosis itself can cause high levels of stress and anxiety.
To cope with the effects of a diagnosis of Mesothelioma as well as the painful symptoms and side effects of the treatment, many patients have found relief in a variety of alternative treatments and therapies. Although none of these are curative, they can make a patient feel a bit more comfortable and aid in the overall treatment of your condition. To put your mind at rest, contact a Mesothelioma attorney to determine what kind of compensation you may be eligible to collect to help offset your medical costs, and look into the following complementary treatments that have offered some help.
• Chiropractic Treatment has been found to alleviate pain and discomfort, particularly that caused by chemotherapy.
• Acupuncture is the placement of fine needles in strategic areas of the body. For Mesothelioma patients, it has been found to relieve the sense of breathlessness that often accompanies the cancer’s growth.
• Hypnotherapy has proven to be a valuable treatment for patients suffering from all forms of cancer.
• Lymph Drainage is a technique that manipulates the body to encourage excess fluid to drain from the lymph system. This is particularly helpful in the face of swelling caused by either surgery or radiation therapy.
• Massage provides both pain relief and stress relief for Mesothelioma patients. If the therapist is trained in healing touch, the massage can be particularly palliative.
• Meditation has helped many patients and their family members to reach a state of calm in the face
of overwhelming stress from Mesothelioma treatments, as well as any frustration in facing the details of managing their lives once the diagnosis has been made.
The goal of alternative medicine and treatment is not to replace traditional medicine but to supplement it and provide additional help.