Category Archives: Cancer

Cannabis and Cancer: More Patients Going Public with Pot Passions and Practices

 

Some Doctors Voice Concerns About Safety, Risks of Rx Weed

The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle WA, publishes a newsletter that is quite informative.  It is called, “Hutch News.”  They publish news about their research on cancer and a host of other diseases, including:  Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS) from which my late husband suffered; Multiple Sclerosis (MS); HIV/AIDS; and many others.

This latest article was interesting in that it was the first one that I’ve come across which details a good reason why perspective users of medical marijuana should beware.

Mold is a very real possibility.

The article contains stories and opinions of patients who use medical marijuana to help relieve their pain and discomfort from chemotherapy; however, I got the impression, from reading the article, that a possibility of mold infection was very low on the scale of possible side effects.

High on the scale of course, was the patients’ feelings of well-being and relief from the discomfort they experienced.  They were able to go on with their daily activities without the pain and other effects from cancer treatments.

Questions … and more questions

“Legalization has changed the conversation. When somebody asks me: ‘Did you vote for the [Washington] marijuana law?’ I say I did because I don’t think it’s something that needs to be super regulated,” Pergam added “But I think we need to use it judiciously. The question really is: How do you do that while protecting patients and then giving them access to the potential benefits that there may be?

“I want to understand the use patterns so I can give people constructive advice. If patients wanted to use it, what are the best ways to be protected? But I don’t think we know any of this data yet.”

That absence of evidence is due to the federal classification of marijuana as a Schedule 1 substance along with heroin and LSD. Drugs in Schedule 1 have “no currently accepted medical use,” U.S. authorities assert. Marijuana also remains federally illegal.

The designation essentially creates a federal monopoly on the marijuana that researchers need to study the plant’s medical potential. There is one U.S.-sanctioned pot garden — at the University of Mississippi. It’s managed by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and produces the only cannabis that’s available for federally sanctioned marijuana studies.

So, what does that leave doctors who want to answer their patients’ pot questions? Mostly: More questions.

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MOHS Surgery on World Cancer Day

 

I just found out that tomorrow, Wednesday, Feb. 4th, 2015, is World Cancer Day. I’m scheduled for MOHS surgery on my nose.  Yes, my nose.  The third time.  How apropos!

My nose isn't going to be so happy after tomorrow!

My nose isn’t going to be so happy after tomorrow!

It was four and a half years ago that I had the first two – a month apart.  It was an upsetting time, for sure.  If I had known, many years ago, that my exposure to the sun would have caused basal cell cancer on my nose, or on any part of my face (I had cancer removed from my upper lip prior to the MOHS surgeries), I wouldn’t have exposed my precious skin to that killer of healthy cells.  The sun can be and is a murderer.

Tomorrow, at 9:00am, I’ll be there in Palm Beach Gardens FL for my surgery.  It will take approximately an hour (allowing for rush hour traffic on the Turnpike) to get to the surgeon’s office.  So, leaving early has made it necessary for me to change my usual Wednesday morning “ritual” to today to give a “special grooming” to my cats – Patches, Romeo and Rusty.  It’s “ear cleaning” time, added to their grooming.  Yes, they are very pampered pussycats3.  But, if nothing else, they do have clean ears!  🙂

My sister (thank you, Merry), will be accompanying me.  Moral support is not only important; it is necessary.  I was told the surgery will take about 3 hours this time.  It’s really not the surgery that is upsetting me (but I’ve been having nightmares at night about it lately).  It’s the anesthesia that is horrible.  PAIN!

After the surgery, my next step in the process is to the plastic surgeon, who will close the wound.  This is an added precaution, because the cancer has appeared right on the scar line of one of the past surgeries.

So, I’ve been preparing for tomorrow.  In my (organizing) way.  I’ve compartmentalized the day – tomorrow – in my mind.  I want it to be completely free of any other concerns.  I do have a bit of OCD – I firmly believe it’s a family trait:  affecting some more; and some a little less.

ocd

It’s as if I’m going on a vacation, and I have to make sure the house is in tip-top shape.  Laundry, fresh linens on the bed, etc.  Dishwasher will be run this evening.  It all gives me a free mind to prepare myself for tomorrow’s ordeal, and for the recovery days afterward.

One more thing:  Lunch.  Must eat, right?  Sandwich for Merry is ready, and I will fix my usual salad for myself.  If I have to keep the plastic surgeon waiting until lunch is consumed, so be it!

sandwich

 

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Watch Cancer Cells Being Killed In New Video from National Institutes of Health-Amazing!

Have you ever wondered how cancer cells are killed in our bodies?  In this video, you can actually see this taking place.