Medical Marijuana:

Cannabinoids may very well be one of the best disease and cancer fighting treatments out there. Cannabinoids refer to any of a group of related compounds that include cannabinol and the active constituents of cannabis.


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Ovarian cancer is a type of cancer that begins in the ovaries. Women have two ovaries, one on each side of the uterus. The ovaries, each about the size of an almond,  produce eggs (ova) as well as the hormones estrogen and progesterone.

Ovarian cancer often goes undetected until it has spread within the pelvis and abdomen. At this late stage, ovarian cancer is more difficult to treat and is frequently fatal. Early-stage ovarian cancer, in which the disease is confined to the ovary, is more likely to be treated successfully.

Treatment Options and Issues

When the diagnosis is ovarian cancer, doctors often recommend aggressive measures, including two or more different types of treatments. The options include surgery, chemotherapy, hormone therapy, targeted therapy and radiation therapy. Each can have life-threatening complications.

Insys Therapeutic Inc.’s Liposomal Encapsulated Paclitaxel, a drug which contains Dronabinol, may soon be part of the package of options. In drug trials it has reportedly been effective in the treatment of the nausea and vomiting associated with cancer chemotherapy as well as anorexia associated with weight loss in patients with AIDS.

 

CANCER - OVARIAN & Cannabis studies completed

2006 - Study - Cannabinoid receptors as a target for therapy of ovarian cancer

2011 - Study - The putative cannabinoid receptor GPR55 defines a novel autocrine loop in cancer cell
proliferation.

2012 - News - Marijuana compound could stop aggressive cancer metastasis

2012 - News - Can marijuana stop cancer?

2012 - News - Marijuana And Cancer: Scientists Find Cannabis Compound Stops Metastasis In
Aggressive Cancers

2013 - Study - Dronabinol Treatment of Refractory Nausea and Vomiting Related to Peritoneal
Carcinomatosis

2015 - News - FDA OKs Cannabis-Based Ovarian Cancer Treatment

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A personal story about ovarian cancer and cannabis

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