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treatment may be all that is needed to relieve sleep problems caused by cancer
or the side effects of chemotherapy or radiation therapy. If your doctor has
given you instructions or medicines to treat sleep problems, be sure to follow
them. Check with your doctor before using any
nonprescription medicines to help you sleep.
There is evidence that therapeutic massage improves sleep for people who are having cancer treatments. Massage may also reduce pain, anxiety, and other symptoms.1
Mind-body therapy, such as meditation, relaxation, and cognitive-behavioral therapy, often are helpful for people in cancer treatments. Movement-based mind-body therapy, such as yoga and tai chi, have been found to improve sleep quality.2
or more of the following symptoms occur during home treatment, contact your
Freeman L (2009). Massage therapy. Mosby's Complementary and Alternative Medicine: A Research-Based Approach, 3rd ed., chap. 13, pp. 364–388. St. Louis, MO: Mosby Elsevier.
Ulbricht C, et al. (2011). Complementary, alternative, and integrative therapies. In VT DeVita Jr. et al., eds., DeVita, Hellman and Rosenberg's Cancer: Principles and Practice of Oncology, 9th ed., pp. 2550–2561. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.
August 27, 2012
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Kenneth Bark, MD - Surgery, Colon and Rectal
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