Cancer – Oncological

How Can Medical Cannabis Help Treat Cancer-Related Side Effects or Cancer-Related Pain?


While research is still ongoing regarding medical cannabis use for the direct treatment of cancer, we should not forget that medical cannabis may have a positive effect on the overall wellbeing of patients with oncological conditions and symptoms. 

Medical cannabis can potentially improve the quality of life of patients in a number of ways, for instance through improving sleep and appetite, reducing pain, reducing muscle spasms, and lessening anxiety.

Medical cannabis may also help to control the side effects and pain-related symptoms associated with cancer treatments like chemotherapy and radiotherapy.  

In cases where traditional medicine hasn’t worked, or the side effects of conventional treatment are getting difficult to manage, medical cannabis can provide an alternative form of relief. This study, ‘The use of medical cannabis in cancer patients’, from 2017 showed that use of medical cannabis showed improvements in pain and overall quality of life, as well as a variety of other symptoms in cancer patients.

For a disease where even the treatment can be painful and difficult to manage, finding ways to manage pain and other symptoms is vital. That’s where medical cannabis can be of use.

Cancer is an incredibly common condition, with one in two people developing some form of cancer during their lifetime. Cancer is obviously highly debilitating in it’s own right, and treatments like chemotherapy and radiotherapy come with their own exhausting side effects. This means that finding treatment options that help to improve the quality of life of patients is vital.

What’s more, oncological experts state that patients are more likely to beat cancer if they feel happy and comfortable. Managing symptoms like pain and nausea are integral to doing just that.

There are some common oncological conditions that many people living with cancer experience, either as a result of the cancer itself or the related treatment. They include:

  • Cancer-Related Pain
  • Cancer-Related Appetite Loss
  • Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea and Vomiting

Many of these come about as a direct result of radiotherapy and chemotherapy, the two most common forms of cancer treatment. Both are very aggressive, in order to attack the cancerous cells in the body, but that means they are also aggressive towards the healthy cells, causing these unpleasant oncological conditions.

Many of the symptoms experienced will come alongside the typical symptoms of cancer, making them doubly difficult to manage in many cases. Depending on the condition, a person may suffer from:

  • Fatigue
  • Pain
  • Sudden loss of appetite or weight
  • Fever
  • Nausea
  • Stress, depression, and anxiety

Doctors may prescribe extra medications on top of the cancer treatments to treat certain oncological conditions. However, because many cancer treatments are incredibly aggressive, it is not always advisable to add extra chemicals or medications into the mix.

Instead, many oncological experts will recommend holistic or natural treatments, such as:

  • Staying as active as possible
  • Eating healthy foods full of vitamins and minerals
  • Talking therapy
  • Getting plenty of rest

How we can help

The Medical Cannabis Clinics’ team is dedicated to raising awareness about how medical cannabis can help with palliative care. Our experts are ready to cooperate with you and your individual needs to find a treatment plan that works for you. Your prescription can be tailored to suit your individual circumstances and needs, with ongoing support and adjustments made as necessary.

At The Medical Cannabis Clinics, we offer personalised treatment plans and private care for patients through online video link consultations with our expert specialist doctors, who will guide you through the treatment options available from the clinic.

Appointments start from just £49. Book a private consultation today and one of our expert specialist doctors will be able to offer you targeted advice and treatment plans, unique to your needs and symptoms.

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