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Bladder Metastasis Presenting as Neck, Arm and Thorax Pain

By |May 9, 2016|Cancer|

Bladder Metastasis Presenting as Neck, Arm and Thorax Pain: A Case Report

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SOURCE:   Chiropractic & Manual Therapies 2016 (May 4); 24: 14

Clinton J. Daniels, Pamela J. Wakefield
and Glenn A. Bub

Chiropractic Clinic,
VA St. Louis Healthcare System

Background   A case of metastatic carcinoma secondary to urothelial carcinoma presenting as musculoskeletal pain is reported. A brief review of urothelial and metastatic carcinoma including clinical presentation, diagnostic testing, treatment and chiropractic considerations is discussed.

Case presentation   This patient presented in November 2014 with progressive neck, thorax and upper extremity pain. Computed tomography revealed a destructive soft tissue mass in the cervical spine and additional lytic lesion of the 1st rib. Prompt referral was made for surgical consultation and medical management.

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Breast Cancer and Chiropractic

By |November 20, 2015|Cancer|

Breast Cancer and Chiropractic

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SOURCE:   ACANews ~ October 2015

By Jeffrey Sklar, DC

Regional Director of Chiropractic for the
Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Well known celebrities discussing their personal challenges with breast cancer has led to frequent media coverage. Primarily, the focus is on the oncological decisions regarding treatment: whether to have radical surgery along with chemo and radiation, just radiation or take a holistic approach. However, there isn’t much attention drawn to Quality of Life (QoL) factors that parallel the breast cancer patient experience.

In other words, treatment decisions and outcomes often seem to shadow the collateral damage experienced by patients who undergo conventional breast cancer treatment. Many premenopausal women face the inevitable decision to take the drug tamoxifen to help prevent recurrence of the disease at the risk of having menopausal-like symptoms. Also, reconstructive post-mastectomies can lead to complications during the healing process and beyond. These complications may include poor wound healing at the site of reconstruction, as well as the tissue donor site. Frozen shoulder is a common occurrence for post-mastectomy, breast reconstruction patients. Many breast cancer patients are forced to look outside their core oncology team to find services that will help with QoL.

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. [1]

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Chiropractic Management of a Patient With Breast Cancer Metastases to the Brain and Spine

By |November 3, 2015|Cancer, Chiropractic Management|

Chiropractic Management of a Patient With Breast Cancer Metastases to the Brain and Spine: A Case Report

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SOURCE:   J Can Chiropr Assoc 2015 (Sep);   59 (3):   269–278 ~ FULL TEXT

Ismat Kanga, BSc, DC, FCCS(C) 1 and Igor Steiman, MSc, DC, FCCS(C) 2

1 Private Practice,
Mumbai, India.

2 Professor, Division of Undergraduate Studies,
Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College,
Toronto, Ontario

Cancers of the breast, kidney, lungs, prostate and thyroid metastasize to the musculoskeletal system in the majority of patients with malignancy. This report chronicles the case of a 65-year-old female with a known history of breast cancer who presented to a chiropractic clinic. Once metastasis was ruled out as the cause of her complaint, the patient was treated with manual therapies and exercises. As the patient’s treatments progressed and her pain improved, she presented with a new complaint of ‘pressure’ in her head. Advanced imaging revealed metastasis to the brain and subsequently to the spine. The aim of this case is to heighten awareness of the presentation of metastasis to the brain and the spine in a chiropractic patient, and to demonstrate the benefit of chiropractic care in the management of such patients.

KEYWORDS:   brain metastases; breast cancer; chiropractic; chiropractic care; spinal metastases


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Food to Fight Cancer ~ A 2-Part Series

By |November 23, 2013|Cancer, Nutrition|

Food to Fight Cancer
A 2-Part Series

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SOURCE:   Medscape Oncology ~ 11-20-2013
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By Laura A. Stokowski, RN, MS

Editor’s Note: In this 2-part series, Medscape looks at diet as an essential therapeutic strategy for cancer patients. Part 1 focuses on the nutritional assessment of cancer patients, foods that help patients cope with side effects, and ways to make fortifying foods more appealing to the cancer-dulled appetite. Part 2 looks at extreme nutrition and the growing interest in fighting cancer with food.

Speaking to Medscape on these topics are 2 high-profile cancer nutrition and food experts. Suzanne Dixon, MPH, MS, RD, is a dietician, author, speaker, and internationally recognized expert in chronic disease prevention health, and cancer nutrition. Rebecca Katz, MS, is a chef; nutritionist; national speaker; and award-winning author whose books include One Bite at a Time, The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen, and The Longevity Kitchen.

Nutrition Affects Cancer Outcomes

After receiving a diagnosis of cancer, a patient’s thoughts often turn to treatment options and prognosis. Many patients face surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, or a combination of those strategies. Most of their questions and concerns are about how they will get through it all.

Nutrition is not likely to be on their list of immediate concerns, but it should be. Not only will patients reap the benefits of being healthier and better able to withstand treatments and side effects, but mental outlook and quality of life can be improved by taking control of one’s nutritional health. Patients might have little control over their disease, but what they eat remains under their own purview, and deciding to eat well and taking the steps to do so is empowering.

“The days when healthcare professionals could just tell cancer patients to eat whatever they want, and not to worry about what they eat, are over,” says Rebecca Katz, author of The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen. [1] “Patients are starting to rebel against that. They are realizing that what you eat can make a difference in how you feel, your outcomes, the side effects you experience, and how well you will get through treatment. We need to acknowledge that food is important.”

No “One Size Fits All” Strategy


Regular Vitamin and Mineral Supplementation Lowers Colon Cancer Risk More Than Eighty Percent

By |March 28, 2012|Cancer, Prevention, Supplementation|

Regular Vitamin and Mineral Supplementation Lowers Colon Cancer Risk More Than Eighty Percent

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SOURCE:   Natural News

Researchers, just publishing in the Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology (CJPP), have found that a diet enhanced with vitamin and mineral supplementation can lower the risk of developing precancerous colon cancer lesions by up to 84%. Colon cancer is the second most common form of the disease affecting men and women in the US, with nearly 150,000 new diagnoses each year.

The Full Text article describes how animals that were fed a high-fat, low fiber diet, while also being exposed to a carcinogen, developed pre-cancerous lesions of the colon along a pathway similar to that found in humans.

The group of animals that underwent a similar treatment and diet, but were also provided a daily vitamin and mineral supplement, demonstrated an 84% reduction in the formation of pre-cancerous lesions which did not develop into tumors.


Chiropractic in an Integrative Cancer Center

By |September 20, 2011|Cancer, Integrative Care|

Chiropractic in an Integrative Cancer Center

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SOURCE:   Health Insights Today

An Interview with Jeffrey A. Sklar, DC

by Daniel Redwood, DC


As part of our continuing series of interviews with chiropractors who work in integrative settings, we visit Jeffrey Sklar, DC, a full-time staff chiropractor with Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Sklar, who previously co-founded an integrative wellness center, has been with CTCA since 2009.

In addition to his professional experience with oncology patients, Dr. Sklar has witnessed the struggle and success of cancer survivors in his personal life. His mother and brother are both cancer survivors. His stepmother is also a three-time survivor and former co-chair of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Philadelphia.

Sklar speaks highly of CTCA’s whole-person approach to cancer care in which body, mind and spirit each play an important role. At CTCA, he says, “Every patient has an opportunity to collaborate with their oncologist and explore additional complementary therapies in conjunction with their conventional cancer treatments.”

Please tell us about Cancer Treatment Centers of America, its origins and its mission.

After his mother died of bladder cancer, businessman Richard J Stephenson was disappointed with the quality of care and options that his mother received. To keep his mother’s memory and spirit alive, Mr. Stephenson vowed to change the face of cancer care. He founded Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) in 1988. (more…)