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Pancreatic Cancer Treatment: Body

Overview

Even when living with disease, it is important and healthful to take exemplary care of your body. Hygiene, exercise, and nutrition all contribute to better quality of life, and improved immune resistance.

Studies show that regular exercise—even moderate exercise—can reduce the risk of pancreatic cancer by up to 50%.

If you’re a pancreatic cancer patient, physical exercise can reduce stress, improve your emotional state and help you cope with the disease. Meditation and relaxation exercises, including stretching and yoga, can also have beneficial effects.

Acupressure, a traditional Chinese medicinal method of applying pressure to certain points on the surface of the skin, can help relieve nausea after chemotherapy, as well as pain from surgery. Acupressure is also used to reduce stress and improve general energy levels.

Studies have also shown that acupuncture can be effective in alleviating chemotherapy-related nausea and vomiting. Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese healing method that employs tiny needles to improve blood circulation and stimulate the body’s natural healing mechanisms. Acupuncture is also sometimes used to help control pain.

Treatments

Effect of Acupuncture on Pancreatic Cancer

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Effect of Yoga on Pancreatic Cancer

Yoga can absolutely fit into any well-rounded cancer treatment regime, including pancreatic cancer. Exercise, detoxification and relaxation are extremely important for the treatment of any...

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References

Carpenter, Jeff. 2010. “Diet, Exercise Prevent Pancreatic Cancer.” ABC News/Health (Online) http://abcnews.go.com/Health/story?id=117270&page=1

Mayo Clinic Staff. 2010. “Pancreatic Cancer: Alternative Medicine.” (Online) http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/pancreatic-cancer/DS00357/DSECTION=alternative-medicine

WebMD. 2008. “Acupressure Points and Massage Treatment.” (Online) http://www.webmd.com/balance/acupressure-points-and-massage-treatment?page=2

National Cancer Institute, U.S. National Institutes of Health. 2010. “Acupuncture.” (Online) http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/cam/acupuncture/HealthProfessional/allpages

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