In the United States, an estimated 1 in 3 people will be diagnosed with cancer in a given year. That almost 1.8 million people and their loved ones will have decisions to make about treatment and care options. Although chemotherapy and radiation are the most well-known treatments for cancer, patients may wish to explore other options for care that work alongside those well-known treatments. Alternative treatments for cancer are collectively called integrative cancer treatment. This collection of treatments spans physical, emotional, and mental care techniques designed to support patients in every part of their lives as they live with cancer. A few of these integrative care techniques are virotherapy, cryotherapy, and emotional somatization therapy.
Virotherapy is biotechnology that allows cancer cells to be targeted for interaction with anti-cancer viruses. These viruses do not harm healthy cells and can be targeted to the cancer cells by a myriad of techniques one example of this is the use of genetically engineered viruses that can be injected directly into tumors and cancerous cells. Although virotherapy is a newer and cutting-edge biotechnology in integrative cancer treatment, targeting cancerous cells with antigens has been used effectively since the 1950s.
Cryotherapy is the use of cold as a treatment for illness, cryotherapy which is sometimes referred to as cryosurgery has had proven results in patients with migraines, arthritis, and other ailments. This form of therapy is popular with athletes and patients who suffer from chronic illness. When cryotherapy is used for cancer patients it is most specifically used to freeze certain types of tumors and other cancerous cells. Individual cryotherapy sessions are often brief but patients have reported positive outcomes.
Emotional Somatization Therapy
We know that cancer doesn’t only affect the body, it also has a profound and deep effect on the emotions and mental health of those living with the diagnosis. One of the techniques to deal with the physical and emotional challenges of cancer and cancer treatment is through a process called emotional somatization therapy, this technique uses a combination of talk therapy with holistic techniques to make the patient aware of the link between emotions and physical challenges and vice versa. Somatic therapy seeks to assist in easing and possibly reversing these associations.
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To learn more about what integrative cancer treatment options may be right for you, we encourage you to reach out and make an appointment with Family Wellness Centre. At our convenient location in Freeport, our caring and devoted team of professionals will be pleased to explain your options in greater detail and answer any questions you may have. Contact us today to set up your consultation – we look forward to speaking with you!