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Are there alternative treatments for ovarian cancer?

Alternative treatments may be helpful when used as adjuncts to the traditional therapies used in ovarian cancer management. A healthy diet with high protein can help as you undergo grueling treatments. Also, engaging in physical activity can help your energy level. Measures such as aromatherapy or meditation may help relieve pain. Engaging in yoga may relieve stress and help you to sleep. All of these treatments may help you cope, but they do not actually treat the cancer.

Sharyn N. Lewin, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)
Women with ovarian cancer who use herbal, vitamin, dietary or other alternative therapies and refuse or delay recommended surgery or chemotherapy will increase their risk of recurrence and death.

I encourage women to use complementary approaches in addition to the accepted standard of care treatments so that they can strengthen their immune system, control treatment side effects and improve their overall wellbeing. More people are requesting an integrated approach to their a care and I suggest that they seek guidance from NCAM (nccam.nih.gov) and The Society of Integregative Oncology (www.integrativeonc.org).

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