Many Oncologists Discuss, Recommend Medical Marijuana

Cancer Docs: We Need More Research on Medical Marijuana

Cancer Docs: We Need More Research on Medical Marijuana

Two thirds of the respondents said medical cannabis is equivalent to or better than basic medications for cachexia. On the other hand, "therapeutic marijuana" refers to nonpharmaceutical cannabis products used with "medicinal intent", regardless of compliance with the law.

But no rigorous studies in cancer patients exist. These findings remain inconclusive, however, leaving most physicians specializing in cancer unsure about whether or not to recommend medical marijuana treatments.

But majority of oncologists don't feel knowledgeable enough to make these recommendations.

To assess how cancer doctors are grappling with this issue, Braun and her colleagues surveyed a nationally representative random sample of 400 oncologists.

The mailed survey queried medical oncologists' attitudes toward medical marijuana's efficacy and safety in comparison with standard treatments; their practices regarding medical marijuana, including holding discussions with patients and recommending medical marijuana clinically; and whether they considered themselves sufficiently informed regarding medical marijuana's utility in oncology.

The findings of the new survey highlighted a problem faced by many cancer patients who are recommended medical marijuana but not provided expert guidance. Dr. "When it comes to an emerging potential treatment option like medical cannabis, it's understandable there might be some inconsistency in just how much an oncologist knows about that choice and just how much they think that option might be useful or a minimum of useful for consideration for a patient".

According to the American Cancer Society, studies have shown that medical marijuana use can be helpful in managing side effects of cancer such as pain due to nerve damage as well as nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy.

Ilana Braun, chief of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute's Division of Adult Psychosocial Oncology in MA and lead author of the study, told Wired that despite this uncertainty, there at least "seemed to be clear consensus that medical marijuana is a good adjunct to standard pain treatment, so a good add-on medication".

A new survey indicates that oncologists often recommend or prescribe medical marijuana to their patients, although most know little about it, STAT reported.

As of the JCO article's publication date, 30 states and the District of Columbia had legalized use of marijuana for medical purposes, and all but one of the laws included cancer as a qualifying condition. "They should be advocates for their own health". "The scientific evidence base supporting use of medical marijuana in oncology remains thin", Braun said. As a result, oncologists must extrapolate from research on pharmaceutical cannabinoids or from evidence involving patients with other diseases and conditions.

Oncologists' uncertainty about medical cannabis leaves it up to patients to figure out dosages and modalities of treatments on their own.

At the same time, Epstein agrees with Braun that more research and better medical education is needed, so doctors can provide patients the most well-informed advice they can.

"A state might have made it legal for medical marijuana to be dispensed, but an individual might not have the process in place to dispense it".

To target misinformation, the authors supported the loosening of federal restrictions and hoped to see the addressing of critical gaps in research and education regarding medical marijuana. In order to resolve these concerns, controlled trials studying the effectiveness of specific cannabinoids on particular symptoms need to be undertaken, but federal prohibition of the drug continues to make such research exceptionally hard.

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