(WJBK) - Cancer patients often battle the side effects of treatments at the same time they grapple with the disease. But now a longtime chiropractor for the Detroit Lions is using treatment he used on pro athletes on the patients, and it has made a world of difference.
Wanda Roberts is grateful. Her non-Hodgkin's lymphoma is in remission. But because of the intensity of the cancer drugs - she is still feeling the effects.
"It is keeping my cancer in check but you are pretty much having side effects with every drug you take," she said. "You have to weigh your options. I want to stay alive as long as I can."
Many people like Wanda suffer from neuropathy as a result of chemotherapy.
"I have the numbness all the time but then I was getting sharp, stabbing pains like someone was stabbing my feet with an icepick or you get these electrical shocks," she said. "So when we heard about Dr. Cogan we went to his informational meeting and we thought it would be a good option."
Desperate for any sort of relief, she consulted Dr. Sol Cogan, who founded HealthQuest in Farmington Hills. The former chiropractor for the Detroit Lions is helping countless cancer patients using the same treatments and technology he used on professional athletes.
"When you feel like things are hopeless, feel your health failing and you feel your health is going to get worse and worse and someone hands you the opportunity? You grab for it," she said.
"We check where they feel it and where the nerves come from," Dr. Cogan said. "In her case she was feeling in her feet and her hands. We look at the areas. We also look at the nerves that go down to your feet, that come from your back. We want to look at the whole nerve pathway and then we determine the best course of action."
Using the latest technology, Dr. Cogan and his team used a combination of stimulation and lasers on her hands and feet to stop help control the bouts of pain and numbness. He also recommends supplements, changes in diet and drinking plenty of water.
"When a professional athlete gets injured there is a team of people," he said. "There is a physician, an internal medicine doctor, an orthopedic surgeon, a chiropractor, a physical therapist, trainers. And they work together. One of the things I decided one day, was I want to bring that same kind of treatment that group approach, to regular people.
"The treatments we do, are new. We are using high technology that is newer, as a result of that. You have to have some faith, and she did. She followed the treatment protocol that we use to show the nerves how to work again."
Wanda, who feared she would have to live with the symptoms of neuropathy for the rest of her life, says the pain and numbness gets more manageable every day. As she prepares to turn 70, Wanda, like many cancer patients who have been treated by Dr. Cogan, now looks forward to waking up each day.
"When someone gives you hope," she said. "It's amazing."
There's an upcoming free dinner seminar at 7 p.m. Aug. 23 at Ginopolis Restaurant, 27815 Middle Belt Road, Farmington, where people can learn more about HealthQuest and speak to Dr. Cogan directly.
A second dinner seminar will be held at 7 p.m. Aug. 28 at Testa Barra Kitchen, 48824 Romeo Plank Road, Macomb.
You can also learn more online. Click here.