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lighthouse68 (@lighthouse68)

Pembrolizumab (Keytruda), Cannabis and Cannabinoids

Lung Cancer | Last Active: Sep 6, 2019 | Replies (24)

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@JustinMcClanahan

Hello @lighthouse68. Unfortunately, there is just not enough research out there on cannabis and THC oils yet to have scientific information to share. However, when talking about using anything as a treatment for a diagnosed medical condition, it is always best advice to have your medical provider looped in on the discussion, especially if you are taking other medications and worried about how they will interact with one-another. I understand that discussing medical marijuana in any form with a provider can be a tricky conversation. @lighthouse68, if you don't mind sharing, what was the source that you came across that said it can shrink the tumors?

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Justin. Thanks for the reply. In my research, I have read from several sites and many testimonials that say they were cured, mostly, after about 3 months of use of cannabis oil. On just one site, for example, I asked a question and got 180 replies, giving advice and many success stories. I have spent many, many hours researching the use of CBD/THC Oil. For stage 4 metastatic cancer. Mine is non-small cell lung cancer. I know there have been medical studies done. But so much is still unclear. I am dealing with 3-6 months to live and am grabbing at straws for ways to stay alive longer. So far, the Keytruda does not appear to be working. I am getting desperate. Not sure where to go from here. Brian

Brian. So sorry to hear of your diagnosis. My husband has been diagnosed with cancer of unknown primary (so they don't know for sure where it's coming from) but it is Stage IV and they are leaning toward lung. We live in Colorado and marijuana has been available for medical purposes for some time and is also legal recreationally. My husband's oncologist suggested marijuana and he is using it (both CBD and THC) for the possibility of tumor shrinkage and also for pain management (he has foot neuropathy from another source, not chemo). My husband has no other treatment at this time because they can't identify a cancer type or drugs that will help….it's wildly frustrating. I have done quite a bit of research on CBD and THC and their ability to fight inflammation which can be helpful with cancer treatment. Unfortunately, since marijuana has been and continues to be illegal in so many places in the country it's hard for researchers to get permission to fully study it and so there are less results to confirm it's use in cancer. Like you, given so little hope and options, we are exploring marijuana and other treatments while we wait for 'medical science' to give us a diagnosis…if that ever happens. There are numerous medical marijuana dispensaries here in Colorado. I'm sure you could call and talk with them about the options that might be open for you. Not sure how it works if it's illegal where you live.
We are meeting with our doctors this week and next to align all his meds with the marijuana and any other alternative treatments they feel might be beneficial (intravenous Vitamin C, O2 therapy, etc). I would certainly talk with your doctors and get their opinion but if your current plan isn't working………..marijuana seems to co-exist pretty well with many cancer drugs.