- December 28, 2022
Cancer is a complex condition characterized by abnormal and uncontrolled cell growth in various parts of the body. With over a hundred different types, some cancers are benign, while others are malignant. The most commonly reported ones include lung, breast, colon/rectum, and prostate cancer (source: Atlantis Press).
One of cancer’s unfortunate consequences is its impact on the quality of life for those affected. Apart from the symptoms caused by the cancer itself, treatments like chemotherapy can also lead to various clinical manifestations. These may include nausea, vomiting, pain, disability, disfigurement, and emotional, physical, and mental health effects. Thanks to advanced treatments, cancer management has significantly improved, resulting in doubled survival rates for patients (source: ScienceDirect).(https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2352304220301203?via%3Dihub)
However, cancer still affects a large number of people worldwide, and while some may eventually succumb to it, many will live with cancer for an extended period. Consequently, scientists strive not only to find cures but also to enhance the lives of cancer patients. One promising approach increasingly suggested by oncologists is the use of marijuana (source: SAGE Journals).
Clinical studies reveal that marijuana can benefit cancer patients by controlling nausea and vomiting, alleviating pain, improving appetite, and reducing anxiety. Moreover, marijuana offers the advantage of addressing multiple symptoms simultaneously (source: NCBI).
Recent research indicates that marijuana not only delays the growth but also inhibits the spread of various types of cancer cells (source: MDPI).
One may consider trying marijuana as a supplementary therapy to manage nausea, pain, and malnutrition if other modalities are unsuccessful. However, it is essential not to solely rely on marijuana or forgo standard cancer treatments, as this could lead to serious health consequences.
By exploring both traditional and innovative approaches, we can continue to improve the lives of cancer patients and advance cancer research and treatment.