Help us to stop bowel cancer

Complementary therapies

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

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

Complementary therapies can’t cure cancer and there is not much evidence to show that they improve symptoms or quality of life in people with bowel cancer. But some people find that therapies like acupuncture, meditation, yoga and aromatherapy help them cope with their cancer.

Speak to your healthcare team before starting any complementary therapies to make sure they won’t affect your medical treatment.

More information

Macmillan Cancer Support has detailed information on complementary therapies.


Updated March 2016. Due for review March 2019