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Medical Marijuana: Legitimate Therapeutic Choice?


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WEDNESDAY, Feb. 20 (HealthDay News) -- Imagine a 68-year-old woman with advanced breast cancer, looking for a better way to ease her chronic pain, low appetite, fatigue and nausea. Should she or shouldn't she be prescribed marijuana?

 

That's the question physicians debate in the "Clinical Decisions" section of the New England Journal of Medicine released online Feb. 20.

 

According to the hypothetical case study in the journal, a woman named Marilyn has metastatic breast cancer that has spread to her lungs and spine. She's taking chemotherapy and two anti-nausea drugs that just aren't working. Despite taking 1,000 milligrams (mg) of acetaminophen, such as Tylenol, every eight hours, she's in pain. At night, she sometimes takes 5 to 10 mg of oxycodone, a narcotic pain reliever similar to morphine, to help relieve the pain so she can sleep.

 

Marilyn lives in a state where marijuana is legal for personal medicinal use, and her family stands ready to grow it for her. Read more here

 

http://www.m.webmd.com/pain-management/news/20130220/medical-marijuana-voodoo-or-legitimate-therapeutic-choice?page=1

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It has been medically proven that marijuana can prevent cancer from spreading. Marijuana relieves cancer symptoms such as nausea, pain and fatigue. It helps in improving sleep in patients undergoing chemotherapy. With an increasing efficacy in controlling pain, eating marijuana could provide relief from spasms caused due to cancer.

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