If I may, no one as a patient including me, not to seek CAM( complimentary and alternative) medicine to treated ourselves in addition to the western style traditional " evidence base" medicine practice. According to one study, the higher education the patient or the caregiver has,the more likely they will seek additional CAM treatment for cancer and that is why so many money may be wasted on CAM.( study done by univ. of Pittsburg)
There are studies that indicate alternative treatment like yoga, meditation and acupuncture may help in palliative treatment setting. Moderate exercise like tai-chi may help too. Complimentary treatment like using Chinese herbal medication compounding prescriptions may improve overall well being of cancer patient with regard to shortness of breath symptom, fatigue ,diarrhea and nausea. But the key to Chinese herbal meds is to find someone who really know the stuff well over his or her lifetime practice by trail and error, more or less like phase one and two study conduct by the practitioner. in short, by experience. And for you to find a good and experienced one in the States is very tough. You may need a Chinese or Korean friend who is over 50 years old to help you to find one in San Fran,new York or in Toronto.
I am a patient of this cancer for 45 months. Recur once and resected , on adjuvant chemotherapy Xeloda for 10 month; clean PET scan last month; then start the low dose Xeloda as maintenance therapy twice daily for a couple years more. I take a Chinese medicine called yun-zhi( trade name Oncozac) 3 capsules twice a day as complimentary medicine ,for improving my immune system; i take vitamin D3 twice a day,and a COX-2 inhibitor like celebrex 200 mg twice daily.I also use Chinese Herbs in powder forms to compound my own Chinese herbal medicine once or twice a week to increase my overall well being and strength in fighting fatigue . This requires a lot of research and understanding of the Chinese herbal medicine. But it can be done by research thru the Sloan- Kettering web site for herbal medicine. It is a great site to start. In addition to the above, I keep my self hydrated all the time; I take naps when I feel tired and I go to bed early around 9 pm and try to get at least 8 -10 hour sleep.
One word if I may say so, to treat cancer just by alternative treatment or/and CAM is not potent enough to fight the cancer. The adaptability of cancer is so great that even the targeted agents used in standard cancer protocol will lost their efficacy due to drug resistance, and therefore change in treatment plan including interventional radiation and new drugs are not uncommon ,not to mention if you just rely on CAM only .
A close friend of Steve Jobs had cancer and he asked Steve( who was in his final months of the journey on earth) for advice; Jobs told his friend( who help Jobs to invent the mouse for the MAC) NOTto repeat the mistakes he made for treating his own pancreatic cancer. I think that was Jobs' best advice to those who need his wisdom.
Please know that my personal opinion is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. If provided, information are for educational purposes.Consult doctor is a MUST for changing of treatment plans.