CAM Treatments for Mesothelioma & Asbestosis
While many supporters of conventional medicine are still skeptical over the helpfulness of alternative medical treatments, the use of complementary and alternative treatments is becoming more and more accepted. People with asbestos-related illnesses like asbestosis or mesothelioma
are beginning to discover that many alternative treatments can help alleviate the symptoms of the disease, as well as some of the undesirable side effects that can be caused by conventional treatments like surgery and chemotherapy.
Mesothelioma is a rare and aggressive cancer that is mainly caused by exposure to a mineral called asbestos. The symptoms of this type of cancer can be latent for anywhere from 20 to 50 years after initial exposure to asbestos. Because of this, the cancer is usually diagnosed in its later stages when treatment options are more limited. The typical mesothelioma survival rate
is about one year after diagnosis.
There are many alternative and complementary treatments that can (at the very least) ease the pain and other symptoms of the disease. Acupuncture, for example, can provide relief from chronic pain, inflammation, anxiety, and stress and it is one of the most widely-accepted alternative therapies in use today. In fact, acupuncture has become so widely accepted that some health insurance companies actually cover it.
has also been known as a great way to reduce feelings of stress, anxiety, and depression. Currently, there is also evidence that meditation can help manage pain and other disease symptoms. Many people with cancer who include meditation in their treatment program find the practice helps relieve pain, stress, and anxiety. Some studies have even shown that meditation may be able to slow tumor growth and improve patient prognosis.
Dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals, herbs, and amino acids can also be a useful for those who suffer from asbestos-related diseases. Vitamins, minerals, and amino acids are all required by the body to perform essential life functions, and supplements can help supply needed chemicals when diet alone cannot. Many herbs can be useful in treating diseases and conditions, as well as provide symptomatic relief. In some studies, an herbal supplement called flaxseed has even been found to have cancer fighting properties.
While all these types of alternative and complementary treatments may be beneficial to sufferers of mesothelioma and asbestosis, it is always important that you discuss any new treatments with your doctor before proceeding. Especially in the case of dietary supplements, as some of them may react badly with prescription medications.