Alternative medicineBy Mayo Clinic staff
There are no alternative medicine treatments that have been found to cure breast cancer. What's more, some alternative medicine may cause adverse reactions with standard treatments, or might cause you to delay getting treatments that have been proven effective. If you're considering any type of alternative therapy, be sure to discuss the pros and cons with your doctor.
But complementary and alternative medicine therapies may help you cope with side effects of treatment when combined with your doctor's care.
Alternative medicine for fatigue
Many breast cancer survivors experience fatigue during and after treatment that can continue for years. When combined with your doctor's care, complementary and alternative medicine therapies may help relieve fatigue. Ask your doctor about:
- Gentle exercise. If you get the OK from your doctor, start with gentle exercise a few times a week and add more if you feel up to it. Consider walking, swimming, yoga or tai chi.
- Managing stress. Take control of the stress in your daily life. Try stress-reduction techniques such as muscle relaxation, visualization, and spending time with friends and family.
- Relaxation strategies. Balance activity with periods of relaxation. Try listening to music, writing in a journal, meditating or taking a warm bath.
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