Your life changed the instant your doctor said, “It’s mesothelioma cancer.” Treatment options for this disease can help increase your life expectancy.
But with a number of side effects, treatment also can affect your mood. Chemotherapy and radiation therapy are both intense treatments, and dealing with the side effects can be difficult to manage. Symptoms of the disease itself can also play a large role during this process such as new feelings and dealing with pain management.
Here are 5 ways to feel better during your treatment:
- Try Alternative Therapies: Acupuncture and yoga are both popular methods of alternative therapies. Yoga is a great form of exercise, breathing and relaxation. Even if you aren’t trying to achieve a maximum level of fitness, yoga allows you to work at a pace that is comfortable. Acupuncture is known to help with pain management. To some, any little bit of relief makes a big difference.
- Pet Therapy: Whether you are a cat person or a dog person, most of us have a fondness for some animals in our lives. A pet can be beneficial in lowering blood pressure and rehabilitation, amongst other things. If you don’t have a pet, there’s no need to go buy one. There are such things as pet therapists, and you might be surprised how close one is to you. Ask a friend or call some of your nearby veterinarians. Pet therapy can range from watching a fish swim in a bowl to petting animals. Lower medication costs, longer life, increased alertness and an improved mood are just some of the health benefits of pet therapy.
- Eating Right: You may have noticed your therapy drains your entire body. High protein and nutrients are essential for the body to recover. Dry, bland and room temperature foods help minimize nausea. Visit our diet and nutrition page for more information on eating right. Herbs and vitamins also play a crucial role in keeping our bodies full of nutrients.
- Get Massages or Visit a Chiropractor: There are many health benefits associated with massage therapy. Regular massages help increase blood flow, stimulate the nervous system, and help relieve chronic pain. Be sure to let your masseuse know about painful areas or scars you don’t want touched. A chiropractor can help adjust the spine and offer stretching movements to restore mobility.
- Join a Support Group: This is one of the most recommended steps you can take on your road to recovery. Support groups provide a large amount of emotional support and how to deal with your new feelings of fear, anger and anxiety. Joining a support group is easier than ever now because you can find them at local hospitals, through a therapist and online.
Read more about developing a support network in this article, “Picking Your Support Team“
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