Alternative Ovarian Cancer Treatment

Alternative treatment is sometimes used along with standard treatments to help minimize symptoms or reduce associated pain. Types of alternative treatments for ovarian cancer include herbal products, acupuncture, massage, and relaxation techniques. It's important to discuss these with your healthcare provider prior to trying it to avoid potentially harmful side effects.

Are There Alternatives to Ovarian Cancer Treatment?

Some people use alternative treatments for ovarian cancer to ease stress or to reduce side effects and symptoms. In most cases, people combine these treatments with the standard treatments for ovarian cancer (for example, surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy).

Types of Alternative Treatments for Ovarian Cancer

Alternative treatments include:
  • Acupuncture
  • Massage therapy
  • Herbal products
  • Vitamins or special diets
  • Visualization
  • Meditation
  • Spiritual healing.
Many people say that these alternatives help them feel better; however, some may interfere with standard treatments, and combining the two may even be harmful. It is important to note that some types of alternative ovarian cancer treatment options are expensive, and health insurance may not cover the cost.

Alternatives to Treat Pain

Pain associated with ovarian cancer is a potential problem for people with the disease. Pain can be caused by a tumor that is pressing against nerves and other organs, or pain can be caused by the treatment itself. The person's doctor or a specialist in pain control can relieve or reduce pain in several ways, such as:
  • Pain medicine
  • Radiation
  • Nerve block.
The healthcare team may also suggest alternative treatments for pain, such as massage, acupuncture, or acupressure. Relaxation techniques, such as listening to slow music or breathing slowly and comfortably, may also help to reduce pain associated with ovarian cancer.
(Click Ovarian Cancer Pain for more information about how to treat this particular symptom.)
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