Remission of Hepatocellular Carcinoma in a Patient under Chiropractic Care: A Case Report
Gerald Lee and Clarence D. Jenson, D.C.
Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research ~ Volume 2 ~ Number 3 ~ Pages 1-6
This case report describes a course of events associated with the confirmed diagnosis and remission of liver cancer in a 60 year old male patient. In March of 1992, the patient was first diagnosed from alpha-fetal protein levels and CT portagram, with two lesions of approximately 2 cm and 1.6 cm.The larger lesion was confirmed as heptocellular carcinoma, and the second a benign hemangioma. Following nine percutaneous ethanol injections, remission occurred in December of 1993. The patient was also under concurrent chiropractic care during this period. In March of 1995 the carcinoma reappeared with elevated levels of alpha-fetal protein. A CAT scan revealed one, or a cluster of small lesions, collectively 2cm wide and 4 cm long. Surgery was ruled out by the HMO, and the patient declined a second course of percutaneous ethanol injections, or any further medical treatment. However, the patient elected to remain under chiropractic care. In November of 1995, alpha fetal protein levels dropped to “safe” levels, and a follow-up CAT scan revealed no lesions. The present report describes the relationship between the administration of Palmer Specific HIO chiropractic adjustments followed directly by periods of rest, and changes in clinical findings, both during the first and second active episode of the carcinoma. The patient maintained a detailed documented record of medical and chiropractic care, as well as a personal introspection relative to his quality of life during the experience. Commentary is also offered with respect to possible benefits derived from concurrent care. The patient is currently enjoying a life of retirement, and remains under chiropractic care.
Key words: Liver cancer, remission, hepatocellular carcinoma, cancer, chiropractic, Palmer specific HIO, vertebral subluxation