Diagnosis of any cancer, especially malignant pleural mesothelioma in any family member can cause depression in whole family. As malignant pleural mesothelioma is not curable, it should be managed with holistic approach (use of all types of treatment modalities such as homeopathy, naturopathy, herbal or any alternative form of medicine if required) along with conventional therapy. A holistic approach in management of pleural mesothelioma can at least give some hope to the patient and family members, if it can not alter the course of the disease. Use of alternative medicine deserves at least a try for management of incurable diseases such as pleural mesothelioma.
An increasing number of doctors (oncologists) are using CAM (Complimentary and Alternative Medicine) for management of cancers including pleural mesothelioma. Use of holistic approach in management of cancer can be called “integrative oncology”, where not only conventional therapy, but also other alternative therapies used. Commonly used Complimentary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) include acupuncture, massage, and reflexology.
Use of CAM such as acupuncture, massage, and reflexology can help better management of anxiety, restless, pain etc. due to pleural mesothelioma. Use of these CAM approaches can help to the increase the overall effectiveness of their treatment program for pleural mesothelioma. CAM approaches can also help to reduce the side effects of chemotherapeutic agents.
The overall mesothelioma prognosis is better if Complimentary and Alternative Medicine is used in management. But the use of Complimentary and Alternative Medicine for management of pleural mesothelioma should be decided by the patient and family members in consultation with their oncologist, taking into account the overall health condition of the patient.
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