Also of interest is the attached quote from an advanced colorectal cancer patient taken from their blog.( David, you had asked about
some of this earlier ...this is some good info.
There are lots of options for medical cannabis. When I went through radiation and chemo, I used tincture of cannabis to help with sleep, nausea, pain, and appetite. That way, I didn't need to smoke it. I also got a prescription for Marinol (but the generic version, which only had a $5 copay.) I took some of the Marinol pills with the tincture and found that I got better relief. Sometimes I also combined the cannabis with Tylenol and found that with those two I could get off of oxycodone, which was causing constipation and pain in the rectal/anal area that was getting the radiation. Not a good situation. For me, I never got noticeably high on it but got a lot of excellent relief. I used as little as possible during the day, and took the larger dose at night before bedtime. That way, I got excellent sleep and the benefits of increased appetite and reduced nausea and didn't have a high during the day.
You have to be willing to experiment with it and try mixing with other medications if needed. But it can help a lot. The only caveat I have is that when mixed with some of the opiates you can have some trippy experiences. I used the Marinol in the hospital once when on IV hydromorphone and had strange dreams. Other than that, it was a lifesaver for me going through treatment.
Don't be afraid to ask for help from others who've used it for cancer therapy and to look for a good local dispensary that deals with cancer patients. There are lots of them out there that have a lot of excellent advice. Stay away from the ones that are fronts for recreational use. You can tell pretty fast if you have a good place by talking to the people who visit and the staff and ask them about what options they recommend for cancer patients.
Dx 8/2002 PSA 4.7 Gleason 3+4 Age: 55
RP 10/2002 upgraded Gleason4+4,micro mets 1 lymph node, seminal vesicles
rising PSA ...SRT 6/2004 36 IMRT +ADT2
rising PSA 6/2009 ADT3 ,
rising PSA while on ADT3 up to .52 3/2012
Apr 2012 Clinical Trial ARN-509
PSA 9/12 .12 10/2012 <0.05 12/2012 Stage 3a Rectal Cancer
ColoRectal Resection w Colostomy Chemo started, out of trial for ARN509