Cancer is a condition where cells in a specific part of the body grow and reproduce uncontrollably. These cancerous cells invade and destroy the healthy tissue around them and can occur anywhere in the body, including the organs. Where the cancer occurs affects what kind of cancer it is.
Roughly one in two people will develop some form of cancer in their lifetime. In the UK, the four most common types of cancer are:
However, there are roughly 200 further forms of cancer, each with their own diagnostic process and treatment options.
The early symptoms of cancer are usually found through changes to the body’s usual processes. These might include:
In other cases, unexplained symptoms that seem innocuous at first can be underlying symptoms. These can include:
All of these symptoms could be signs of cancer. Because cancerous cells start to attack areas of the body, it disrupts the normal processes of the body. As there are so many types of cancer, it can be hard to say comprehensively what exactly the symptoms might be.
Some lifestyle habits are thought to contribute to cancer, such as:
Outside of that, it’s also thought that exposure to air pollution, radon gas, and other harmful rays and pollutants can increase the risk of cancer.
Because there are so many different types of cancer, there are also a number of different potential causes. Experts are still unclear on exactly how all kinds of cancer are caused, as some people can get cancer despite avoiding all the habits and risks mentioned above.
Depending on the type of cancer, there are various different treatment options available. The first step is usually surgery, to remove the cancerous cells and tissue altogether. However, there are also two other common types of treatment:
Both forms of treatment come with taxing side effects and can leave the patient in considerable pain. The side effects of chemotherapy include:
Radiotherapy also has its own range of side effects:
Because of the range of side effects, doctors will usually only prescribe these treatments in aggressive forms of cancer where surgery hasn’t worked.
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. A study from 2017 showed that use of medical cannabis showed improvements in pain, overall quality of life, and 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.
At The Medical Cannabis Clinics, we offer treatment plans and private care for patients through online video link consultations with our expert specialist doctors. They can guide you through medical cannabis treatment options available from the clinic.
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If you receive a prescription from the doctor, we'll send it to a local pharmacy, or one of your choice. Your medication will be delivered to you (UK only).