Cannabis use among breast cancer patients
Full article: https://acsjournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1002/cncr.33906
This study looked at patterns of cannabis use among breast cancer patients who are members of online health communities. Almost half of the study participants reported using cannabis to help manage treatment symptoms and side effects. The study also looked at reasons why patients used cannabis, where they obtained it and whether they perceived cannabis to be safe. While this study only looked at cannabis use among breast cancer patients it is likely results would be similar among patients diagnosed with other types of cancers. (posted 1/25/22)
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Questions To Ask Your Health Care Provider
- Do you feel comfortable talking about using cannabis to help relieve treatment side effects?
- Could cannabis reduce my treatment side effects and symptoms?
- What are the risks or benefits of using cannabis?
- What sources of cannabis do you recommend and why?
- If you do not feel comfortable talking about using cannabis, can you recommend someone that I can talk to?
Open Clinical Trials
The following studies are looking at management of side effects:
- NCT04533763: Living WELL: A Web-Based Program for Ovarian Cancer Survivors. This studies a group-based and web-delivered tool for ovarian cancer survivors in increasing quality of life and decreasing stress, depressive mood, anxiety, and fatigue across a 12-month period.
- NCT05047926: Prehabilitation for Advanced Ovarian Cancer Patients. Prehabilitation may improve peri-operative outcomes in patients undergoing cancer surgery. This study will look at structured activity for women undergoing neoadjuvant chemotherapy to improve their physical state prior to surgical intervention and thus improve outcomes.
FORCE is a national nonprofit organization, established in 1999. Our mission is to improve the lives of individuals and families affected by adult hereditary cancers.