- Support groups
Caution: Some methods may not be right for you. Consult with your doctor first before engaging in any pain management program.
How it's used: A cancer nutritional specialist can guide you through a helpful and healthy diet depending on which stage of treatment you are experiencing. When maintaining the diet cannot be achieved through eating by mouth, you may be fed by enteral nutrition (through a tube) or by parenteral (through the bloodstream) nutrition.
Heat therapy (also known as diathermy) exposes part or all of the body to high temperatures for therapeutic purposes to enhance other treatments for cancer such as radiation and chemotherapy.
How it's used: There are three types of heat therapy: local, regional, and whole-body treatments. Heat is applied from sterile probes to a small area in local therapy. A limb or organ is heated during regional therapy. Warm blankets, hot wax, or thermal chambers are applied in whole-body therapy.
Cautions: Heat therapy can cause internal bleeding. There is a high death rate associated with whole-body heat therapy. Heat therapy should only be used under the guidance of a qualified physician.
Check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking any additional medicines.
Many anti-nausea medications are now available that can prevent nausea & vomiting. These medications are often given before treatment and/or after treatment. Be sure to take any anti-nausea medications that have been prescribed as directed.
In addition to medications, other integrative approaches may be helpful. Nutrition, mind-body, and acupuncture or acupressure may be helpful. Try to eat a light meal before treatment that is bland, soft, & easy to digest. Eat small, frequent, bland meals as hunger can worsen nausea. Drink liquids between meals. Try having protein and a little fresh ginger with your meals. Eat in a relaxing environment. Mind-body techniques such as guided imagery and biofeedback may be helpful as well. Finally, acupuncture or wearing acupressure bands may help prevent nausea.