October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, research shows chiropractic care can complement a patient’s comprehensive approach to treatment. The primary focus for the oncology patient is based on decisions regarding treatment. Decisions such as whether to have radical surgery along with chemo and radiation, just radiation or take a holistic approach are just a few. However, there isn’t much attention drawn to Quality of Life (QoL) factors that parallel the breast cancer patient experience.breast-cancer-image
Dr. Jeffrey Sklar, DC of the American Chiropractic Association states, “it was reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology that among 453 cancer patients surveyed, 83.3 percent had used at least one complementary alternative medicine (CAM) therapy concurrent with conventional treatment. Another discovery was that 24.7 percent of participants used seven or more CAM therapies. Most cancer patients will use alternative providers if given the choice and if the cost of treatment is modest; CAM providers are not replacing conventional providers, but instead are integrated into overall care.”
Since fatigue, nausea and neuropathy all affect a patient’s quality of life, chiropractic adjustments can help alleviate these symptoms greatly. Chiropractic care is historically focused around advocating good diet, sleep and fitness which are extremely helpful in a comprehensive approach to healthcare and especially important for cancer patients.
In a time when cancer diagnosis’ are at an all-time high, we need to recognize chiropractic intervention as an asset to improving quality of life for the patient and as a valuable part of the medical care team.
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