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Though it is a deadly disease, the earlier a cancer is detected and diagnosed, the better chance for treatment and survival. Medical cannabis has been shown to assist with the management of cancer-related symptoms.

Using Cannabis to Treat Cancer

Preclinical lab studies have shown promising results when involving marijuana’s effect on cancers. In certain types of cancer, THC damaged or killed cancer cells or helped block the development of tumours. CBD also showed similar results in breast cancer cells, while having limited effect on healthy breast cells.

In addition to these promising details, medical marijuana benefits inflammation, pain relief and can stimulate appetite. The FDA has also approved two cannabinoid drugs for treating nausea and vomiting related to chemotherapy.

Typical Cancer Treatment Options

After cancer is diagnosed it will need to be treated with one or all of the following: surgery, chemotherapy or radiation therapy. With over two hundred types of cancer in existence, each treatment may vary drastically from the next and even the same cancer in separate patients may be treated differently. An oncologist (cancer doctor) will determine what plan may work best.

Chemotherapy is a treatment involving drugs that attack and destroy cancer cells, but may weaken the body in other areas. Radiation therapy uses radiation to damage cancer cells, but can also affect healthy cells.

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