Alternative medicine

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Alternative medicine treatments can't cure anal cancer. But some alternative medicine treatments may help you cope with the side effects of cancer treatment. Your doctor can treat many side effects, but sometimes medications aren't enough. Alternative treatments can complement your doctor's treatments and may offer additional comfort.

Options for common side effects include:

  • Anxiety — massage, meditation, hypnosis, music therapy, exercise or relaxation techniques
  • Fatigue — gentle exercise or tai chi
  • Nausea — acupuncture, hypnosis or music therapy
  • Pain — acupuncture, massage, music therapy or hypnosis
  • Sleep problems — yoga or relaxation techniques

While these options are generally safe, talk with your doctor first to be sure that alternative medicine options won't interfere with your cancer treatment.

July 26, 2013