Support And Self Care
Many people have found that complementary therapies have helped reduce side effects from treatment, improve their emotional and physical well-being and enhance their recovery from cancer, according to the American Society of Clinical Oncology. Therapies include acupuncture, massage, tai chi, qigong, meditation, music, aromatherapy, art and herbal products. Talk with your providers about any therapies you’d like to try during or after cancer treatment. Massage therapy: Massage treatments can help keep your skin hydrated and reduce your stress and anxiety. Massage should be gentle; deep pressure massage is not advised if you are receiving chemotherapy or radiation. Many insurance companies cover oncology massage with a co-pay. Acupuncture: Studies have found that acupuncture can help control pain, relieve such side effects as vomiting and nausea, manage stress, improve digestion, and provide emotional support. Body movement: Research has found that moving your body during and after cancer treatment can improve your physical and mental health, according to American Society of Clinical Oncology. Exercise can lower your chances of having physical side effects, your risk of depression and anxiety while also keeping you as mobile and independent as possible. Some local classes are on hold during the pandemic, but you can find online options and talk to your patient navigator about local classes held in a safe way. Local resource: Christus St. Vincent Holistic Health & Wellness, 490-B W. Zia Rd., Suite 4, offers free or reduced-cost acupuncture treatments for qualifying oncology patients. The Center also offers massage treatments but its body movement classes are on hold due to COVID-19. Call 505-913-3820 for more information and to check if classes or groups have resumed.