Cannabis, otherwise known as marijuana, has been used both medicinally and recreationally for thousands of years, but its use as medicine remains highly controversial. Medical cannabis can be used to alleviate certain symptoms related to cancer and its treatment.
When used to manage the pain resulting from cancer or cancer-related treatments, opioids are extremely effective. The challenge for both doctors and patients emerges when these opioids are used to cope with the stress, anxiety and depression that often accompany a cancer diagnosis.
Today many people are concerned about the risks of taking opioid medications on a long-term basis. But if you're living with chronic pain, what are the alternatives?
Cancer treatment can vary widely, depending on the type, location, stage and many other factors. A side effect of some treatments is pain and discomfort for the patient.
Pain is one of the unfortunate realities of battling cancer. Whether it comes with the disease, or as a result of treatment, pain can be a major obstacle patients face while fighting cancer.