Side Effects from Cancer Treatment
Cancer Treatment Side Effects
Nausea is a subjective unpleasant feeling in the back of your throat and stomach that may lead to vomiting. Nausea and/or vomiting in the person with cancer can be caused by many different things; some of the reasons are likely to be Chemotherapy (also called chemo), radiation therapy, cancer itself, especially if it’s in or affecting the brain and there are many more symptoms.
Pain is a problem with cancer. Pain can be caused by the tumor pressing on the nerve and can be small uncomfortable or barely noticeable to severe and crippling. Marijuana is an effective treatment for treating chronic pain and is more effective and less dangerous than opioids so is not surprising that it is recognized as being an effective treatment for treating pain caused by cancer.
Neuropathy is when that cancer treatment causes tingling. numbness or pain in your hands or feet. This can be painful for some people going through cancer treatment. Fortunately, marijuana has been shown to relief pain for some individuals.
Loss of Appetite is a common problem for people going through cancer-related treatments. Marijuana has been shown to improve appetite in people wit HIV/Aids but for people with cancer, it is still unclear if it helps or not. Still, there are plenty of anecdotal evidence saying that it helped people who were struggling with their appetite
Can Medical Marijuana help treat Cancer Side-Effects?
According to the researches done by the “American Cancer Society” it shows that: -Cannabinoids contain the active ingredient in marijuana. These drugs may be used to treat nausea and vomiting from chemotherapy. They also may be used to stimulate appetite. Younger patients and those who used marijuana in the past tend to tolerate its effects better.
Multiple medical studies show that cannabis is an effective antiemetic treatment (to relieve nausea and vomiting) – more effective, in fact, than many pharmaceuticals, and with fewer side effects. Along with inflammation and pain, nausea is one of the Big Three symptoms effectively treated by marijuana. Furthermore, an in-depth Harvard study concluded with saying that "Use of marijuana for chronic pain, neuropathic pain, and spasticity due to multiple sclerosis is supported by high-quality evidence."
Harvard researcher Dr. Lester Grinspoon used marijuana for his son’s treatment from nausea caused by chemo.
He says: “He never had any difficulty with nausea and vomiting with further treatments for as long as he lived. He was free of that anxiety. It was a godsend. – Dr. Grinspoon”
Cancer treatment is a huge field of study on the internet. There are a lot of articles about how medical marijuana (cannabis) can cure certain tumors or people who say that it cured them of their cancer. A lot of the time it left out that these people were getting other forms of treatment for their cancer. Furthermore very few clinical trials have been done to suggest that marijuana is an effective way to treat your cancer alone. One thing is clear more research is required.
In conclusion, most doctors suggest trying out the prescribed medication first before moving on to marijuana. If you are having problems with recommended medication marijuana may be an effective treatment option. Another thing to consider is that there are potential side effects of marijuana such as an increased heart rate, paranoia, and decreased blood pressure. It is always a good idea to ask a qualified medical professional who has experience with prescribing cannabis for the possible side effects.