Treatment of symptoms

While the doctors are treating the cancerAbnormal, uncontrolled cell division resulting in a malignant tumour that may invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant parts of the body. they will also be working with you to alleviate the symptoms that may come with the disease or its treatment. These can include pain, nausea, bone problems and general tiredness.

  • Pain - there are lots of medications that can ease pain. Complementary therapies such as hypnosisA sleep-like state induced by a hypnotist. and acupunctureA complementary therapy in which fine sterile needles are inserted into the skin at specific points. are also known to help treat pain
  • Nausea - can also be treated by conventional drugs and your doctor should be able to advise you. Otherwise, there are plenty of other options including acupressureA complementary therapy derived from acupuncture, which uses finger pressure rather than the fine sterile needles used in acupuncture. and simple dietary changes
  • Bone problems - medications called bisphosphonatesA family of drugs that prevent the break down of bone by cells called osteoclasts. are commonly used to delay or prevent the development of bone metastasesSecondary tumours’ that result from the spread of a malignant tumour to other parts of the body.. Bone pain caused by cancerAbnormal, uncontrolled cell division resulting in a malignant tumour that may invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant parts of the body. can be severe but it can be effectively treated with medication
  • General tiredness - common causes of tiredness can result, for example, from anaemiaA reduced level of haemoglobin, which carries oxygen in the blood. Anaemia causes tiredness, breathlessness and abnormally pale skin., disturbed sleep, uncontrolled pain and depression. Treatment of these underlying problems helps to relieve tiredness. A healthy diet, relaxation and taking time to enjoy hobbies and favourite pastimes can also help.