Supportive Cancer Care
Pets receiving conventional cancer care treatments (surgery/chemotherapy/radiation therapy) can benefit from complementary therapies of acupuncture, proper nutrition, and sometimes certain specific herbals or supplements. These therapies can ease symptoms and side effects associated with cancer to improve quality of life and support the whole patient.
Acupuncture may be integrated into the treatment plan as an adjunctive therapy to alleviate pain and inflammation associated with tumors themselves and the side effects they can cause, as well as the side effects of the treatments. Acupuncture can mitigate the side effects of chemotherapy by treating nausea, decreased appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, and provide immune support, bone marrow support to reduce the risk of low white blood cell counts from chemotherapy, increase comfort when reduction in pain medications becomes a clinical goal, and decrease anxiety. Proper nutrition is vital to maintain energy requirements, body weight and muscle mass.
There are currently several nationally recognized cancer centers for people which have integrative medicine programs in place and who study the effectiveness of complementary therapies through peer-reviewed, evidence-based research.
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