Cannabinoids in the Symptom Management of Cancer Treatments

Dr. Michael Verbora, MBA, MD, CCFP, Cannabinoid Physician, discusses how Cannabinoids in the Symptom Management of Breast Cancer.

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Dr. Michael Verbora, MBA, MD, CCFP, Cannabinoid Physician, discusses how Cannabinoids in the Symptom Management of Breast Cancer.
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Featuring Dr. Michael Verbora, MBA, MD, CCFP, Cannabinoid Physician

Duration: 2 minutes, 24 seconds

Patients are always asking about how cannabis can help or alleviate their symptoms related to cancer. There is research showing that cannabis can alleviate many symptoms associated with a variety of different cancers.

Many cancer patients suffer from symptoms such as insomnia, anxiety, chronic pain, nausea or a poor appetite. Cannabis has been shown in some studies to alleviate many of these symptoms. It is important that you have an expert helping you in using cannabis to guide your treatment with specific products or specific methods of delivery.

When it comes to treating cancer specifically with cannabis, there is a growing interest in this area. However, the evidence to date does not support the use of cannabis for the actual treatment of cancer. While it is a very interesting area and some companies are looking at studying this, it is still far too early to recommend cannabis as a treatment for cancer itself. The evidence at this point really only supports the use of cannabis for the alleviation of symptoms.

In relation to breast cancer, many patients undergo surgery, radiation or chemotherapy to help cure or treat their breast cancer. Unfortunately, some of the side effects of these treatments can leave patients with chronic pain, specifically nerve pain, and they can also have a number of other symptoms such as insomnia or anxiety around the diagnosis.

Cannabinoids can be an option to treat some of these symptoms from the treatments of cancer, for example CBD or THC in certain dosages may be helpful for nerve pain that is typically experienced with certain chemotherapy agents. Side effects as well such as weight loss or appetite suppression when using chemotherapy sometimes are alleviated with a certain mixture of cannabis products.

If you’re a patient dealing with cancer, and you’re interested in learning how cannabis might be an option to treat the symptoms associated with your cancer, please speak to your physician, your health care provider or your pharmacist to learn more.

Presenter: Dr. Michael Verbora, Family Doctor, Toronto, ON

Local Practitioners: Family Doctor

This content is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.