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Chiropractic pain control in myelofibrosis: A case report

Authors:

Eric Chun-Pu Chu ,

New York Medical Group, Humphrey Plaza, 4 Humphrey Avenue, Hong Kong, China, CN
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Raymond S.M. Wong

Sir Y.K. Pao Centre for Cancer & Department of Medicine & Therapeutics, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, Hong Kong, China, CN
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Abstract

Background

Myelofibrosis (MF) is a rare hematological disease. Currently available therapies mainly offer symptom control with limited curative benefits.

Case presentation

A 58-year-old man old man presented with MF for several years and had undergone splenectomy and targeted therapy with ruxolitinib. During the last 3 years of his life, he suffered from intractable bone pain that was resistant to medical, analgesic and physical therapies. However, significant pain alleviation was achieved shortly after starting chiropractic treatment. Patient’s condition continued to deteriorate and he died of septic complications.

Conclusions

Bone and joint pain is the common symptom of cancer. This report highlights the potential benefits of integrating chiropractic into a multidisciplinary approach to cancer care. In rare diseases like myelofibrosis, the main limitation of this report was the lack of the related references for comparative analysis. Further studies regarding the efficacy of chiropractic therapy in controlling various cancer pains are needed to guide decision making.

How to Cite: Chun-Pu Chu, E. & S.M. Wong, R., (2017). Chiropractic pain control in myelofibrosis: A case report. New Horizons in Clinical Case Reports. 2, pp.7–9. DOI: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.nhccr.2017.08.001
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Published on 09 Aug 2017.
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