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Supplementary Therapies to Manage Side Effects with Lung Cancer

Supplementary Therapies to Manage Side Effects of Lung Cancer 

Malignant tumor formations that occur due to unbalanced proliferation of cells in the lung are called lung cancer. Lung cancer is a type of cancer that spreads rapidly. Therefore, surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, targeted therapy, immunotherapy, stem cell or bone marrow transplant, and hormone treatments can cause patients to feel exhausted and may reveal situations such as stress and depression. Therefore, in addition to the treatment methods applied, doctors may recommend alternative treatment options (also called complementary therapy) for lung cancer patients to improve their quality of life and help them get rid of stress and depression. Some complementary treatment methods that may support your treatment are listed in this article. 

Meditation 

According to many clinical studies, the effects of not meditating every day on human health are as follows: It relieves stress, reduces anxiety and various fears, improves sleep quality, gives inner peace, balances and lowers blood pressure, strengthens the immune system, relieves fatigue, reduces heart palpitations, enables physical, mental and emotional detox. Since cancers that progress rapidly, such as lung cancer, increase stress and anxiety in all patients, meditation will help control and manage it. 

Yoga 

Doing regular yoga increases your physical strength, positively affects heart health, reduces chronic pain, stress, anxiety, and improves sleep quality and healthy eating habits. All these are beneficial in improving the quality of life of cancer patients. However, the most significant contribution of yoga, especially to lung cancer patients, is to increase lung capacity with correct breathing techniques. Breathing techniques used in yoga improve the diaphragm and lung capacity. 

Acupuncture 

Acupuncture reduces the exacerbation of chronic pain, anxiety, inflammation in the brain, depression, and stress-dependent blood pressure. Regulates sleep, improves the mood of the person by increasing serotonin and endorphin neurotransmitters. Increases stress blood pressure, therefore blood pressure, primarily by increasing white blood cells and activates the immune system. All these are complaints seen in patients after lung cancer occurs. Acupuncture therapy helps to relieve these complaints. 

Reflexology 

Reflexology is a method that aims to treat the organs and systems associated with these points by applying pressure to specific points in the feet, hands, and ears that are associated with the targeted organs or systems. It is thought to have started to be involved in China about 5 thousand years ago and is still accepted today as one of the complementary and supportive treatment methods. It supports the treatment of all diseases caused by cancer, neurological diseases, physiological disorders such as pain, and many psychological disorders including anxiety and depression. The mental and physical benefits of reflexology are as follows: Helping to reduce anxiety and stress, reducing the feeling of pain and suffering, increasing the production of endorphins, allowing the body to relax, reducing insomnia and fatigue due to mental or physical reasons, supporting the treatment applied in chronic or non-chronic diseases, detox to accelerate the lymph circulation that has an effect, to regulate blood circulation and pressure, to increase the hormones beneficial for body health, to stimulate the immune system that protects the body from diseases, to stimulate excretion, nervous and circulatory system, to reduce toxins in the body, to increase concentration by enabling mental functions. 

Distraction 

Apart from our daily work and routines, taking care of our hobbies keeps us away from the depression, fear, stress, and depressive state that the disease brings. Our work with love causes us to feel happy by secreting serotonin in our bodies. It allows us to stay away from thoughts about the condition while focusing on what we do. 

Hypnosis 

Hypnosis or hypnotherapy means suggestion or acceptance of an offer. In medical hypnosis, patients are put into a hypnotic trance, and the individual is focused on himself. The person who focuses on his dreams, thoughts, and bodily sensations discovers inner warnings that he is not aware of. Hypnosis supports the treatment of many physical and mental illnesses such as losing weight, quitting smoking, learning a language, relieving pain, and getting rid of diseases. It is a method of making an affirmation. People overcome their habits with hypnosis and experience the change within themselves. They believe that they can overcome the change or get rid of the illness. Therefore, they can respond more quickly to the treatments he applies. 

Other Techniques 

Apart from these techniques, there are other methods that can help patients get away from the stress of cancer. Activities such as spending time with nature and animals, traveling to never-before-seen places, and taking light walks give people the joy of life. In addition, far eastern medicine or herbal medicine has been applied for many years in countries such as China, Japan, India, and Thailand; Energy therapies such as reiki, therapeutic touch, healing touch, and bioenergy will also relax us mentally. They will keep people away from the negative emotional state of the disease. 

Of course, it should not be forgotten that all these methods are only complementary treatment methods for the disease. The treatment recommended by the doctors should not be interrupted, and the doctors should be informed about any complementary treatment methods used. 

Sources: 

Lungcancercenter.com 

Ncbi.nlm.nih.gov 

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