Patients with malignant mesothelioma suffer from their disease, but also have the added burden of the side effects that come from the available treatments. Chemotherapy treatments can result in nausea and vomiting, fatigue, hot flashes, and neuropathy among other problems, and the fact of having a rare and fatal form of cancer itself can lead to anxiety, depression and sleeping problems. Though none of these are as life-threatening as the disease itself, they have a significant impact on patients’ quality of life. Fortunately, there are a number of therapies available to treat these side effects, and one of these is acupuncture.
Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine and art that many mesothelioma patients have found helpful. The process uses fine needles, as well as heat and pressure, used on specific areas of the body known as acupuncture points. Research has shown that acupuncture can control pain and other physical symptoms, and it is believed that it works by initiating a physical response in the body’s nervous system, as well as the brain and the pituitary gland. Some studies have suggested that acupuncture may boost the immune system, which means that it could play an important therapeutic role in the body’s fight against mesothelioma. Perhaps the most reliable role that acupuncture can play for a mesothelioma patient is in the reduction of nausea that leads to vomiting following chemotherapy treatment.
If you are a patient who has been diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma, the idea of submitting to even more needles may seem like the last thing that you want to do, but in the hands of a qualified practitioner, acupuncture is painless and is a complementary therapy that offers the promise of great relief with no known negative side effects. For more information on resources available to mesothelioma patients or to speak to an experienced mesothelioma attorney about other resources and options available to you, contact us today at 1-800-966-2244.