Following are additional options that some women consider to help treat their breast cancer or its symptoms. If any of these options interest you, discuss them with your doctor.
In addition to standard medical/surgical treatment, some patients may want to try complementary therapies for breast cancer. There are many options, including:
- Healing touch
- Art/music therapy
- Spiritual healing
- Nutrition (special diets and/or supplements)
Many women have reported that complementary therapies have reduced their stress, the side effects of treatment, and have made them feel better. It’s important to talk to your doctor before using any complementary therapies as they may interfere with your treatment.
Doctors all over the country are conducting many types of research studies to find new ways to prevent, detect, diagnose, and treat breast cancer.
Participating in a clinical trial gives you the first chance to benefit from new screening or treatment approaches. Your participation will also help further the study of breast cancer and possibly lead to medical advances that will benefit women for generations.
If you are interested in participating in a clinical trial, ask your doctor whether there are any in your area that are appropriate for you. Invision Sally Jobe has been actively involved in multiple research trials in the field of breast cancer detection and treatment. Check our Clinical Trials page for trials in which we are currently participating.
Hope for the Future
New research and information is coming out daily on new advances against breast cancer. Until the cause and cure for breast cancer can be found, new advances such as a breast cancer vaccine, gene profiling, protenomics and less painful and invasive testing and treatment give us reason for hope.