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Topic: New BCO Page: Medical Marijuana

Forum: Complementary and Holistic Medicine and Treatment — Complementary medicine refers to treatments that are used WITH standard treatment. Holistic medicine is a term used to describe therapies that attempt to treat the patient as a whole person.

Posted on: Jul 11, 2018 12:37PM - edited Jul 11, 2018 02:33PM by Moderators

Moderators wrote:

Check out the new page in the main Breastcancer.org site's Complementary and Holistic Medicine section on Medical Marijuana to learn:

  • What medical marijuana is
  • What medical marijuana is used for
  • What to expect when using medical marijuana
  • Important things to consider before using medical marijuana

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We hope this helps!

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Jul 11, 2018 02:27PM LoriCA wrote:

This is what I get when I click the link:

Oh Dear!

The web page that you requested cannot be found on this server.

You can probably find what you want at the Breastcancer.org homepage.

Please contact us if you have any questions, or to report a problem.

If you typed in the address by hand or clicked a link from your email program, please make sure that the address contains no extra spaces or missing characters.

IBC Stage IV de novo - presented in right breast, within days spread into left breast, skin, chest wall, metastasized into brachial plexus (lost complete use of right arm for several months), liver and throughout skeleton. Dx 9/8/2017, IBC, Both breasts, Stage IV, metastasized to bone/liver/other, Grade 3, ER+/PR-, HER2+ Chemotherapy 9/25/2017 Taxol (paclitaxel) Targeted Therapy 2/5/2018 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Targeted Therapy 2/5/2018 Herceptin (trastuzumab)
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Jul 11, 2018 02:34PM Moderators wrote:

So sorry about that, Lori! The link has been fixed now. Thanks for alerting us!

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Jul 11, 2018 03:47PM ksusan wrote:

I appreciate the article and would appreciate further BCO input on

  • THC use with ER+ BC.
  • Whether 100% CBD (no THC) has demonstrated efficacy.
Mutant uprising quashed. Dx 1/2015, IDC, Right, Stage IIA, 1/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 1/2015, DCIS, Left, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right Radiation Therapy Whole-breast Chemotherapy Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Jul 11, 2018 04:46PM Meg101 wrote:

Great topic! I've been reading about medical marijuana and it's use for pain during treatment with Aromatase Inhibitors.

Dx 7/14/2017, IDC, Left, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 3/23 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 8/11/2017 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary Chemotherapy 9/18/2017 AC + T (Taxotere) Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast, Chest wall Targeted Therapy Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jul 12, 2018 02:46PM LoriCA wrote:

I agree ksusan, would like to hear more on those two topics but I'm afraid that since it is still federally illegal there hasn't been much done in the way of valid studies on the use of MMJ in the US, outside of those in the industry who have a vested interest in the results. Since I live in a state where it is legal for medicinal and recreational use I've been experimenting a bit for pain and insomnia. All of my research says a minimum of 2:1 CBD to THC for pain, and that ER+ women should minimize their use of THC because it's estrogenic but I don't know if that's "real" science, much like the debate over ER+ women and soy. I'm not interested in getting high anyway (been there done that when I was kid, these days it just makes me paranoid) so I've been sticking with products with a high percentage of CBD.

What really worries me is that my 75 year old mother, who lives in a state where CBD is not legal unless one has doctor's okay for an approved condition, has been buying something called "cannabis oil" over the internet. She has no idea the percentage of THC/CBD, and if they are selling it over the internet I'm betting that it's actually hemp oil, which has an extremely low percentage of both THC and CBD (CBD typically less than 25 parts per million in hemp oil, up to 15% in true CBD oil) and any benefit she is perceives is due to a placebo effect.

There are too many companies taking advantage of people who don't know better and there's not nearly enough educational material available outside the industry itself, so buyer beware and don't waste your money on anything that doesn't clearly state the THC and CBD percentages. Thankfully here in California everything is clearly marked as to whether or not it's been tested and every product lists the amount & percentage of CBD, CBN, and THC.


IBC Stage IV de novo - presented in right breast, within days spread into left breast, skin, chest wall, metastasized into brachial plexus (lost complete use of right arm for several months), liver and throughout skeleton. Dx 9/8/2017, IBC, Both breasts, Stage IV, metastasized to bone/liver/other, Grade 3, ER+/PR-, HER2+ Chemotherapy 9/25/2017 Taxol (paclitaxel) Targeted Therapy 2/5/2018 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Targeted Therapy 2/5/2018 Herceptin (trastuzumab)

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