My dad was diagnosed January 2021. Intrahepatic Stage 4. My brother and I looked into RSO and have been giving it to my dad after his first round of Gem/Cis. At first I was nervous to bring this up to his doctor, but she was VERY open about us using it. (which was a relief) My dad has also been on a clinical trial and his doctor said it was fine as well.
Overall our experience has been great with RSO. No negative side effects, and his tumor markers have been down trending ever since. His CA 19-9 started at 107 and is now 30! I cant say its just the RSO since he was on gem/cis and the investigational drug, but our experience with it has been all positive 🙂
Thank you for posting a question. If you are wondering about this, other readers are probably wondering as well.
Your question comes up from time to time on the board. My understanding is some of our patients have found relief from chemo side effects with medical marijuana products. I am attaching an article from the National Cancer Institute that reviews evidence on medical marijuana for cancer patients – if you scroll down to the bottom of section 7, the authors reference your question re impact on chemotherapy effectiveness. Here is the link: https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/treatment/cam/patient/cannabis-pdq
I hope this is helpful. Most cancer research organizations and some of the major cancer hospitals have information on their websites about medical marijuana products. Just be sure you are looking at sources that come from expert cancer organizations as there is a lot of misinformation on the web. If you want to try any supplemental treatments, be sure to first consult with your doctors in case they could have some sort of adverse interaction with your treatment or medical status.
Hoping other folks on this board can chime in with their experiences,