Cancer Patients Quality of Life
Improved With Chiropractic
An article published in the January 2001 issue of the
Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics follows two case
studies of patients with various types of serious cancer.
The article follows the chiropractic care and itís effect on
these patients pain and quality of life.
first patient was a 57-year-old man with serious terminal pancreatic
cancer. This patient received
chiropractic care during the later stages of the disease.
In the remaining time the patient had before succumbing to the
disease it was documented that the patient had significantly less pain and
was able to reduce his medications. The
journal article summed up this case by stating, ďIn this case
chiropractic care was able to provide significant pain relief, reduce the
amount of pain medication being taken (as well as the potential side
effects), and temporarily improve the quality of life for a patient with
The second patient was a 54-year-old man recovering
from surgery for lung cancer. This
patient was continually suffering from upper back pain and had gotten no
relief for over one year. At
that point the patient began chiropractic care.
In this case the patient received immediate relief and was able to
discontinue all pain medication after two chiropractic visits.
The principles of chiropractic make it plain that the
focus of chiropractic care is not to directly treat the patientís pain
but rather to assist the body and allow the bodyís own healing abilities
to work at that personís maximum potential.
These case studies show that ability and the effect on people
suffering with serious conditions. The
Journal article states it best when it said, ďThese clinical examples
offer 2 specific instances of how chiropractic may improve the quality of
a cancer patientís life.Ē