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    Medicinal Marijuana

    If this post is inappropriate, I apologize and please remove it!

    First off, I wanted to tell you guys that my gram has finished her radiation (woohoo!) and a LOT of her sickness has gone. She was getting a 3 chemo combo as well as radiation at the same time and I honestly think it was too much for her body. However, unfortunately she is still not eating much and she's still having a lot of problems with nausea.

    On Monday, she went to the doctor and then to chemo afterwards and she was talking to the other people at chemo about her problems. One of the ladies there suggested trying medicinal marijuana as an anti-nausea medication as well as an appetite stimulant.

    I'm wondering if anybody here has any more information on this or whether it's even OK for people with lung cancer? As well, we are worried about the fumes making her cough, so we need to think of something creative to get it down. She's having a hard time swallowing still.

    Thank you guys for any and all information. If you feel more comfortable directing me to another thread that has perhapsed discussed this before or private messaging me, please do not hesitate to do so.

    Thanks again!

    Sara
    Caregivers to Pauline, age 72
    Diagnosed with Stage IV NSCLC Adenocarcinoma on February 13th, 2009, passed away April 14th, 2009.

    Fly high with the angels, Gram!!

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    I would say that it depends on whether or not you are trying to preserve her life or are you trying to make her comfortable? Sounds like you want her to live, so imho, I would not suggest her smoking anything even if its for good intentions. If however you wanted to make her comfortable, I would have supplied my own mother with it if necessary and I don't smoke the stuff either!

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    I suppose the short answer to your questions is both She does want to live, however, I suppose when you've had a ton of nausea medications thrown at you and none of them are working all that well, then you're willing to try anything.

    It wasn't myself or anybody other than my grandma who initiated the question, so what we are doing is supporting her.

    To be honest, I'm not at all fluent with all of the different possibilities of medical marijuana, but as I understand, it can also be consumed and have the same effect??

    More ideally, is there any sort of pill?

    I guess these are also questions we can ask the doctor on Monday, but guess I'm looking for reassurance or people who have been through it before

    Thank you!
    Caregivers to Pauline, age 72
    Diagnosed with Stage IV NSCLC Adenocarcinoma on February 13th, 2009, passed away April 14th, 2009.

    Fly high with the angels, Gram!!

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    If your grandmother is the one asking for it, then do it! Do everything in your power to make her comfortable. That's the best thing you can do!

    Hugs, Lori

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    Thanks Lori She was apparently encouraged by some of the ladies who were sitting there in chemo and they were having a conversation. I told her I would ask about it on the forum and she said "Yes Honey, Please do" - lol so in essence, I am just following orders
    Caregivers to Pauline, age 72
    Diagnosed with Stage IV NSCLC Adenocarcinoma on February 13th, 2009, passed away April 14th, 2009.

    Fly high with the angels, Gram!!

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    Hi Sara.

    I don't know where you are but, in most of the US, marijuana is illegal, even for medicinal purposes. If you happen to be in some enlightened place where it's legal, great but, if not, I'd skip asking the onc. The best thing would be to ask the ladies that told her about it -- where they get it, how they ingest it.

    If she's never smoked, smoking it would be a challenge, but I know it can be included in a brownie recipe with good effect. No doubt there are other recipes as well. Or you can take a trip to Amsterdam, where there's a 'coffee shop' on every block selling it in many ingestible forms! (Yes, the Dutch are way ahead of us of us on many things.)

    Good luck and don't give up -- it's really supposed to work well for nausea from chemo.

    Ellen
    66-yr-old woman, dx 12/07 at age 63 with Stage 4 NSCLC (adenocarcinoma with BAC features), with mets to lymph nodes and bones (pelvis, L3, T2). Only symptoms are blood clots, for which am taking Lovenox, and some pain from the bone mets, for which I had radiation to the pelvis and spine and now take Ibuprofen. Have opted to do no chemo or chest radiation.

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    You can try marinol...which is a prescription for a pill that is synthetic marijuana.. Hubby tried that and I can't say I saw a huge amount of
    improvement.....but everyone is different so I would ask your doc for a script and see what happens....

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    There are plenty of options in prescription medicines that have a high level of nausea control these days. In addition there are appetite enhancement medications that are legal and derived from the marijuana plant. (Marinol is one.)

    This forum does not advocate nor encourage the use of illegal substances.
    Husband diagnosed with NSCLC Stage IV in 3/2005. Fought & lived over 2 1/2 years with multiple lines of treatment.

    Post describing our journey: http://cancerforums.net/viewtopic.ph...er=asc&start=0

    Left my embrace to live with our Heavenly Father in October of 2007 and now breathes with ease forever. I will miss this gentle, giving soul with the easy smile for the rest of my days, but have faith we will be together again. He's just getting a little break from me!

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    Thank you guys for all of your replies. I will have her ask about Marinol - She is open to trying anything, so I do thank you all for your replies.

    With all due respect, it is not considered an illegal substance when accompanied by a physician's letter in Washington State. The ladies were prescribed it and were using it with good effect. Furthermore, I did say if this was not appropriate, please remove it.

    Thanks
    Caregivers to Pauline, age 72
    Diagnosed with Stage IV NSCLC Adenocarcinoma on February 13th, 2009, passed away April 14th, 2009.

    Fly high with the angels, Gram!!

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    It's my obligation as an admin, for the protection of the forum owner, to make that caveat. It was a legitimate post, so was left for discussion.

    No offense was intended and the legality of its use with a prescription in the state where she lives wasn't indicated in the original post. No harm, no foul. It's never my wish to offend, as this is meant to be a very safe place to ask these types of questions or seek information.

    There is no evidence, to date, that smoking marijuana has any connection to lung cancer. Go figure.
    Husband diagnosed with NSCLC Stage IV in 3/2005. Fought & lived over 2 1/2 years with multiple lines of treatment.

    Post describing our journey: http://cancerforums.net/viewtopic.ph...er=asc&start=0

    Left my embrace to live with our Heavenly Father in October of 2007 and now breathes with ease forever. I will miss this gentle, giving soul with the easy smile for the rest of my days, but have faith we will be together again. He's just getting a little break from me!

 

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