Alternative medicine

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Complementary and alternative therapies may help you cope with the side effects of cancer and cancer treatment. For instance, people with esophageal cancer may experience pain caused by cancer treatment or by a growing tumor. Your doctor can work to control your pain by treating the cause or with medications. Still, pain may persist, and complementary and alternative therapies may help you cope.

Options include:

  • Acupuncture
  • Guided imagery
  • Massage
  • Relaxation techniques

Ask your doctor whether these options are safe for you.

May. 15, 2014

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