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Medical Marijuana and Cancer, Prostate

What Is Cancer, Prostate?

In order to better understand prostate cancer, it helps to understand what the prostate is, its basic anatomy, and how it functions when healthy. The prostate is a soft, small gland about the size of a walnut. Located in front of the rectum and under the bladder, the prostate is home to the urethra, the tube found in the penis that carries both urine and semen out of the male body.  The tiny seminal vesicles sit just above the prostate and are responsible for secreting over half the substances that make up semen. The nerves that are responsible for the male ability to obtain an erection are attached to the side of the prostate. While the prostate is not an essential part of the male anatomy, it is important for reproduction. Prostate cancer is the result of excessive growth of the cells located within the prostate. Unfortunately, prostate cancer often occurs without early warning signs or symptoms. In some men, urinary symptoms such as the need to urinate frequently or pain with urination, difficulty obtaining an erection or pain with ejaculation, or lower back pain can be symptoms of prostate cancer; however, many men have no symptoms at all. Often, prostate cancer is only detected as the result of a routine examination or screening. Traditional treatment options for prostate cancer may include, surgery, radiation therapy, hormone therapy or chemotherapy. In order to better understand prostate cancer, it helps to understand what the prostate is, its basic anatomy, and how it functions when healthy. The prostate is a soft, small gland about the size of a walnut. Located in front of the rectum and under the bladder, the prostate is home to the urethra, the tube found in the penis that carries both urine and semen out of the male body. The tiny seminal vesicles sit just above the prostate and are responsible for secreting over half the substances that make up semen. The nerves that are responsible for the male ability to obtain an erection are attached to the side of the prostate. While the prostate is not an essential part of the male anatomy, it is important for reproduction.Prostate cancer is the result of excessive growth of the cells located within the prostate. Unfortunately, prostate cancer often occurs without early warning signs or symptoms. In some men, urinary symptoms such as the need to urinate frequently or pain with urination, difficulty obtaining an erection or pain with ejaculation, or lower back pain can be symptoms of prostate cancer; however, many men have no symptoms at all. Often, prostate cancer is only detected as the result of a routine examination or screening.Traditional treatment options for prostate cancer may include, surgery, radiation therapy, hormone therapy or chemotherapy.

Medical Marijuana and Cancer, Prostate

Medical Marijuana and Prostate Cancer
For prostate cancer patients who undergo chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy, the side-effects of the therapy can be life-altering. Cancer cells divide rapidly, resulting in the spread of the disease throughout the body if not stopped in many patients. Chemotherapy works by treating the patient with drugs that kill rapidly dividing cells. The idea behind chemotherapy is that the drug cocktail delivered will kill the cancer cells. Unfortunately, those same drugs do not differentiate between “good” cells and “bad” cells, resulting in the death of other rapidly dividing cells within the body as well. Along with killing the cancer cells, chemotherapy often kills cells within the digestive tract, bone marrow and hair follicles. One of the most common side-effects of chemotherapy is the inflammation of the digestive tract, leaving the patient unable to keep down food. Medical marijuana works to counteract this unwanted side effect by stimulating the appetite and reducing nausea and vomiting that often accompanies chemotherapy.
Radiation therapy, which is frequently used in conjunction with chemotherapy, uses strong beams of energy targeted at the cancer cells in an attempt to kill the lethal cells, or prevent them from dividing and multiplying. Radiation therapy, just like chemotherapy, can come with some extremely negative side effects such as fatigue, nausea and vomiting, diarrhea and sexual changes. Medical marijuana may be able to help counteract all of these side effects as well.
Marijuana and Prostate Cancer: Clinical Evidence
Some of the strongest, and most widely agreed upon, clinical evidence regarding the use of medical marijuana is in the area of the treatment of cancer patients. Numerous clinical studies have shown the benefits offered by medical marijuana to cancer patients who are undergoing chemotherapy and/or radiation treatment. Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a major component of medical marijuana. Numerous clinical studies have shown that CBD contains properties that relieve convulsion, inflammation and anxiety as well as prevents nausea and even inhibits the growth of some cancer cells, including those that cause prostate cancer. A chemotherapy patient needs to maintain a good diet in order to remain strong while the body fights off the cancer. Because chemotherapy can cause inflammation in the digestive tract, anything that helps reduce the inflammation will ultimately help the patient hold down food and remain healthy during the treatment.
Along with the anti-inflammatory benefits of medical marijuana, clinical studies have also repeatedly shown medical marijuana stimulates the appetite and reduces nausea which can be critical for prostate cancer patients who are undergoing chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy. Some studies have also found that patients using medical marijuana suffer from less fatigue associated with radiation treatment, allowing the patient to live a more productive life while undergoing the treatment. Finally, the relaxation benefits of medical marijuana have been shown to allow cancer patients to reduce stress levels, which, in turn, allows the body to better fight off the growth of the cancer cells.

Medical Marijuana and Prostate Cancer

For prostate cancer patients who undergo chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy, the side-effects of the therapy can be life-altering. Cancer cells divide rapidly, resulting in the spread of the disease throughout the body if not stopped in many patients. Chemotherapy works by treating the patient with drugs that kill rapidly dividing cells. The idea behind chemotherapy is that the drug cocktail delivered will kill the cancer cells. Unfortunately, those same drugs do not differentiate between “good” cells and “bad” cells, resulting in the death of other rapidly dividing cells within the body as well. Along with killing the cancer cells, chemotherapy often kills cells within the digestive tract, bone marrow and hair follicles. One of the most common side-effects of chemotherapy is the inflammation of the digestive tract, leaving the patient unable to keep down food. Medical marijuana works to counteract this unwanted side effect by stimulating the appetite and reducing nausea and vomiting that often accompanies chemotherapy.
Radiation therapy, which is frequently used in conjunction with chemotherapy, uses strong beams of energy targeted at the cancer cells in an attempt to kill the lethal cells, or prevent them from dividing and multiplying. Radiation therapy, just like chemotherapy, can come with some extremely negative side effects such as fatigue, nausea and vomiting, diarrhea and sexual changes. Medical marijuana may be able to help counteract all of these side effects as well.

Marijuana and Prostate Cancer: Clinical Evidence

Some of the strongest, and most widely agreed upon, clinical evidence regarding the use of medical marijuana is in the area of the treatment of cancer patients. Numerous clinical studies have shown the benefits offered by medical marijuana to cancer patients who are undergoing chemotherapy and/or radiation treatment. Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a major component of medical marijuana. Numerous clinical studies have shown that CBD contains properties that relieve convulsion, inflammation and anxiety as well as prevents nausea and even inhibits the growth of some cancer cells, including those that cause prostate cancer. A chemotherapy patient needs to maintain a good diet in order to remain strong while the body fights off the cancer. Because chemotherapy can cause inflammation in the digestive tract, anything that helps reduce the inflammation will ultimately help the patient hold down food and remain healthy during the treatment.
Along with the anti-inflammatory benefits of medical marijuana, clinical studies have also repeatedly shown medical marijuana stimulates the appetite and reduces nausea which can be critical for prostate cancer patients who are undergoing chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy. Some studies have also found that patients using medical marijuana suffer from less fatigue associated with radiation treatment, allowing the patient to live a more productive life while undergoing the treatment. Finally, the relaxation benefits of medical marijuana have been shown to allow cancer patients to reduce stress levels, which, in turn, allows the body to better fight off the growth of the cancer cells.

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