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Chiropractic Care for Cancer Patients

Cancer patients may elect to visit a chiropractor as part of their treatment regimen. According to the American Chiropractic Association, chiropractic doctors “have a deep respect for the human body's ability to heal itself without the use of surgery or medication. These doctors devote careful attention to the structure and function of the spine, its effects on the musculoskeletal and neurological systems, and the role played by the proper function of these systems in the preservation and restoration of health.  A doctor of chiropractic is one who is involved in the treatment and prevention of disease, as well as the promotion of public health, and a wellness approach to patient healthcare.”

Cancer patients have included chiropractic care in their course of treatment to help control pain and alleviate headaches, tension and stress, and the peripheral neuropathy that often follows chemotherapy.  Chiropractic care is often key to the relief of the physical discomfort, and essential to the restoration of health, after medical interventions.  Patients also who are interested in an alternative form of mesothelioma treatment, who strongly believe in the body’s ability to heal itself, may find chiropractic care particularly appealing.  Alleviating severe headaches and movement pains during cancer treatment may make the treatment process more comfortable for cancer patients, giving them more strength during their battle for health.  Nutritional support for cancer patients is especially critical because chemotherapy and various medical treatments can result in a lot of damage to so many of our body's healthy cells, especially those with a high turnover rate in the digestive system as well as many other organs of the body.


Two studies published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics examined the cases of two patients combating cancer.  A 57-year-old man diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer experienced significant pain relief and was able to reduce the amount of medication needed following chiropractic care.  He also reported an increase in his quality of life during his journey with the cancer following a visit to a chiropractor.

A 54-year-old man diagnosed with lung cancer (a cancer often related to asbestos exposure) began seeing a chiropractor after experiencing little pain relief one year after he underwent surgery to combat his cancer.  The man experienced pain relief immediately after beginning chiropractic care and discontinued use of all pain medications after two visits to his chiropractor.  The Journal noted, “These clinical examples offer two specific instances of how chiropractic may improve the quality of a cancer patient’s life.”  

For additional information, an excellent article."Eliminating Cancer Pain", may provide insight into medical, conservative, and alternative measures for helping cancer patients cope with the pain and their disease.


Chiropractic care has been shown to help asthma patients, and may perhaps also assist those under treatment for an asbestos-related cancer when it primarily affects the lungs  Lung cancer is the most frequently diagnosed asbestos-related cancer in the United States, affecting about 4,800 people each year. 

Mesothelioma is the second-most diagnosed cancer caused by asbestos. It affects about 3,000 people in the U.S. each year and it is almost exclusively caused by the naturally occurring mineral. Two other cancers confirmed to be caused by asbestos include ovarian cancer and laryngeal cancer.

Other cancers like gastrointestinal cancer and colorectal cancer have an association with asbestos, but more research is needed to establish a complete causal relationship. In some studies, an increased risk for cancer of the esophagus and kidney has been reported among those exposed to asbestos.

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