Medical cannabis is reasonably well supported for use in symptom management in palliative care scenarios, including cancer care. There are some nascent lines of investigation around the antitumor potential of cannabinoids.
Palliative care is not just for those who are terminally ill or dying. Palliative treatment is designed to relieve symptoms, and improve the quality of life. It can be used at any stage of an illness if there are troubling symptoms, such as pain or sickness.
Palliative care in terminal scenarios should help a patient to live as well as possible until they die, and to die with dignity, mitigating life-limiting diseases.
Cancer care scenarios are a notable component of palliative care, and here we also look specifically at the application of medical cannabis in oncology, focusing mainly on symptom management. There is some additional review of the current study situation around the antitumor potential of cannabis, which is an area that requires much deeper levels of research.
This course is worth 1 CPD credit