I am often asked what can help with the side effects of chemotherapy. Nausea and fatigue are two of the most common and debilitating side effects. Chemotherapy drugs effect your digestive system, often causing colic, heatburn, nausea etc depending on where the cancer is located and therefore where the chemotherapy is targeted. There is good evidence that acupuncture can be effective in treating chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting. It may also help with pain, stress and insomnia. Shiatsu uses touch to promote relaxation in the body, mind and the spirit. Gentle, caring touch may help you manage the shock and trauma of diagnosis and treatment and ease symptoms such as anxiety, pain and fatigue.
- For some great suggestions on what to eat whilst on chemotherapy download Dietary Infomation During Chemotherapy by Jane Sen, dietary adviser to Penny Brohn Cancer Care and author of More Healing Food. Try the soya shake which tastes just like a milkshake and is a good way to get slippery elm into you which is great for soothing the digestive tract.
- Penny Brohn Cancer Care offer a range of one day or 5 day residential and non residential courses to help cancer patients nourish and nurture their bodies. These include practical tips on healthy eating and exercise, learning how to manage uncertainty and anxiety, or finding ways to relax in the midst of the stress of cancer and its treatments. To find out more about receiving shiatsu during cancer treatment please dowload Penny Brohn Cancer Care Shiatsu
- CancerActive is another great site packed with useful information. Britain´s Number 1 holistic cancer information charity (also known as Integrative, or Integrated Cancer Charity).
Their aim is to empower people to increase their personal odds of beating cancer by providing comprehensive information on orthodox cancer treatments and complementary cancer therapies to enable you to make informed decisions.
- CancerResearchUK website provides further detailed information of the use of complementary therapies during and after cancer treatment including shiatsu and acupuncture. According to Cancer Research “There is increasing evidence that certain complementary therapies can help to control some of the symptoms and side effects of cancer and treatments. For example, acupuncture can help to relieve sickness caused by some chemotherapy drugs and a sore mouth caused by treatment for head and neck cancer. It can also help to relieve pain after surgery to remove lymph nodes in the neck.”