No complementary or alternative treatments have been found to effectively treat pancreatic cancer.
But complementary and alternative medicine treatments may help with signs and symptoms you experience due to your cancer or cancer treatments. Talk to your doctor about your options.
Alternative treatments to help you cope with distress
People with cancer frequently experience distress. Some research suggests distress is more common in people with pancreatic cancer than it is in people with other types of cancer.
If you're distressed, you may have difficulty sleeping and find yourself constantly thinking about your cancer. You may feel angry or sad.
Discuss your feelings with your doctor. Specialists can help you sort through your feelings and help you devise strategies for coping. In some cases, medications may help.
Complementary and alternative therapies may also help you cope with distress. Examples include:
- Art therapy
- Music therapy
- Relaxation exercises
Talk to your doctor if you're interested in complementary and alternative treatments.
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