Chemotherapy and complementary therapies
Complementary therapies can help to improve people’s quality of life and well-being, and can sometimes help to reduce the side effects of chemotherapy.
At the local hospital I’m
able to have five sessions
of reflexology, Reiki, aromatherapy, healing.
I’ve had one session of reflexology, absolutely extraordinary.
Many people find that complementary therapies can help them feel stronger and more confident in dealing with chemotherapy. Many of these therapies can be used safely alongside conventional treatments and medicines, but it’s important to check the particular treatment with your doctor first.
We have more information in our section on complementary therapies, which has more on how to contact registered practitioners.
You may want to try complementary therapies, such as meditation or visualisation, to help you feel less anxious.
Other therapies, such as gentle massage, may also help.
Some hospitals offer complementary therapies alongside conventional care. These may include aromatherapy, massage, relaxation, visualisation, guided imagery techniques, reflexology and acupuncture.