Holis­tic ap­proach to can­cer

> Un­der­stand­ing all as­pects of the dis­ease

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SUNBIZ -

ex­er­cises and re­lax­ation tech­niques, among others are be­ing em­braced in deal­ing with the dis­ease in con­ven­tional medicine prac­tice.

The re­cent Malaysian In­ter­na­tional Con­fer­ence on Holis­tic Heal­ing ad­dressed the im­por­tance of con­sid­er­ing the needs of can­cer pa­tients on all lev­els. Here are some of the insights gath­ered from the event: “neg­a­tive” emo­tional state as it may af­fect their re­cov­ery process, it is not the most pro­duc­tive ap­proach. In­stead, pa­tients need to be re­as­sured that be­ing di­ag­nosed with can­cer is not a “death sen­tence”. The word can­cer has been so charged with fear that it is im­me­di­ately as­so­ci­ated with death. This nar­row per­spec­tive pre­vents pa­tients from see­ing any po­ten­tial for re­cov­ery. This may quicken the de­cline of health. Al­ter­na­tively, when can­cer pa­tients feel more pos­i­tive, it has been shown to have a ben­e­fi­cial im­pact on the heal­ing process. are feel­ing is es­sen­tially to pro­vide a re­lease for the emo­tions. By a con­stant mon­i­tor­ing of a pa­tient’s emo­tions and also that of fam­ily mem­bers, a more pos­i­tive en­vi­ron­ment can be cul­ti­vated and this can en­cour­age the pa­tient to have the will to sur­vive. At least, there will be a sense of hope that will al­low the pa­tient to fo­cus his or her at­ten­tion on re­cov­ery. It is em­brac­ing that even if there is a pos­si­bil­ity of death, right now the fo­cus should be on liv­ing. “We should change our per­cep­tion and deal with can­cer like a chronic ill­ness or a chal­lenge. Un­til our last breath, we have some­thing to live for, ” shares Teoh.

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