Beating bowel cancer together

Complementary therapies

Some people use complementary therapies alongside their medical treatment to help them cope with side effects and to relax..

Some people find that things such as relaxation therapy, massage, music, yoga, and acupuncture can help. These are referred to as ‘complementary therapies’. Keep in mind that there’s not much evidence to show that complementary therapy can improve symptoms or quality of life in people with bowel cancer, but some people find they help manage their symptoms. Speak to your healthcare team about how these sort of therapies may affect your treatment or recovery.

Some hospitals and charities, like Penny Brohn Cancer Care and Maggie’s, offer treatments like massage or reflexology for people with cancer. 

More information

Macmillan Cancer Support has detailed information on complementary therapies.

 

Updated August 2019.

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