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Pancreatic cancer: Cannabis compound may boost survival

Pancreatic cancer is a type of cancer that unfortunately has some of the lowest survival rates. A new study in mice suggests that one substance could help address this problem: cannabidiol, a naturally occurring cannabis compound.

Share on Pinterest Researchers look to cannabidiol in the hope of improving survival rates for people with pancreatic cancer.

According to data from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), in the United States, there will be an estimated 55,440 new cases of pancreatic cancer by the end of this year.

Treatments for this type of cancer include surgical resection (the removal of tissue affected by the cancer), as well as chemotherapy. Unfortunately, the prognosis tends to be poor, with only an 8.5 percent survival rate within 5 years from diagnosis, as per the NCI.

Researchers from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) in the United Kingdom, and from Curtin University in Bentley and Perth, Australia, have been making efforts to find a way of increasing survival rates for people diagnosed with this type of cancer.

Recently, Prof. Marco Falasca — of QMUL — and colleagues have conducted a study on a mouse model of pancreatic cancer, investigating an intriguing lead. They wanted to see if administering cannabidiol (CBD) — a naturally occurring component of medical cannabis — alongside chemotherapy medication would improve prognosis following treatment.

“The life expectancy for pancreatic cancer patients has barely changed in the last 40 years because there are very few, and mostly only palliative care, treatments available,” notes Prof. Falasca.

“Given the [poor] 5-year survival rate for people with pancreatic cancer […] the discovery of new treatments and therapeutic strategies is urgently needed,” he stresses.

The research team’s findings are now reported in the journal Oncogene.

Pancreatic cancer has a very poor prognosis for survival, but researchers are looking for ways to improve that. Their secret weapon? A cannabis compound.

Dad just been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer

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Dad just been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer

good morning

what a terrible few weeks my dad has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer he’s only 52! Was supposed to have surgery Thursday said it’s now spread to liver. can anyone give any insight to what’s going to happen next

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Dad just been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer

Hello Claire; welcome to the forum although of course you would rather not need to come here at all. What a horrible situation for your family and yourself. You don’t give a lot of information in your post – what does the medical team say about what they think is the best course of action? Others here can tell you what happened to them but every case may have individual features and doctors may vary on what they think best in the circumstances of each patient. I believe there are posters here who can tell you of their experience of pancreatic cancer and I hope one of them will pick this up. I will try to identify someone who can chat with you.. Perhaps in the meantime you could tell us a bit more – had your dad been ill for some time; is he being cared for at home by his family? Sorry to ask questions but it is helpful to have the larger picture. Best wishes. Annie

2244 posts since

Dad just been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer

Just a quick further note. I have found a post on the forum which names people who have experience of caring for someone with pancreatic cancer so just thought I would attach the post so that you can contact any or all of them if you wish. It is dated September 2018 so I expect you will be able to contact at least some of them. Feel free to come back to me if you need help with this. Annie

Dad just been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer

firstly thank you for getting back to me so sorry it’s literally been 10days. he has been having pains in tummy I don’t think he wanted to worry us all. so he is very jaundice VERY I have never seen this before. he had a stent put on last week but no help. he has gone for a mri today to see what stage ect but the dr said he can not have surgery which was scheduled for this Thursday as it has spread to the liver. I’m at a loss to do I feel I have already lost him. my mom is completely uncontrollable. brothers and sisters are all at different handling the situation. grandchildren are none the wiser. I don’t know if I’m allowed to talk about cdb oil!? I’m sorry if I seem a mumble I really am at the moment xx

2244 posts since

Dad just been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer

Hi again. I think you are allowed to mention cbd oil as long as it is a reasonable statement and not telling everyone to use it! The moderators will tell you if I am wrong. Can I ask you to remove the name of the hospital where your dad is being treated (because if I don’t, the moderators will). It is just that the terms and conditions say we are not supposed to name hospitals – not exactly sure why, it is probably quite complicated if people start saying good things about one hospital and another says bad things and it can seem like free publicity and not fair on hospitals that are equally good but not mentioned. Golly, I am rambling. I don’t know how old the grandchildren are but it is generally wiser to keep them informed (in a simplified way) – I have cared for a few friends and neighbours in terminal illness and found that the best outcomes (for the children) were where they were told that grandad was ill and they visited him and were able to ask questions. It is amazing what they can accept (and conversely how they imagine awful things if they are not told.) This must be an awful time for you and I hope that you and your family are trying to support each other throughout. Keep in touch if you want to talk about it. Annie

PS I will tell the moderators you have been asked to remove the name of the hospital. They are very nice about these errors as long as they are put right.

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