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Survey: Pediatric Oncology Providers Favor Cannabis For Pediatric Treatment

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director June 7, 2016

    thumbs_upMore than nine in ten pediatric oncology providers with opinions favor patients’ access to cannabis therapy, according to survey data provided this week at the 2016 annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

    Investigators from various US cancer treatment centers surveyed 654 pediatric oncology providers, including physicians and nurses, at three National Cancer Institute-designated cancer centers in Illinois, Massachusetts, and Washington. Over 300 providers (46 percent) completed the survey.

    Of those, 92 percent said that they were “willing to help pediatric cancer patients access medical marijuana,” and just over one-third (34 percent) acknowledged that cannabis therapy “is appropriate in the early stages of cancer treatment.”

    Thirty percent of respondents reported receiving requests from patients or their families to access medical marijuana therapy at least once per month.

    Overall, pediatric oncology providers hold “predominantly favorable attitudes toward medical marijuana use in pediatric cancer patients,” authors concluded.

    Previous surveys of physicians and health care providers report similar attitudes. Survey results published in 2013 in the New England Journal of Medicine reported that 76 percent of respondents supported the use of cannabis therapy in the treatment of metastatic breast cancer. A 2014 poll of over 1,500 physicians commissioned by Web MD similarly reported that 82 percent of oncologists believed that marijuana treatment provides legitimate therapeutic benefits.

    An abstract of the survey data, “Pediatric oncology providers and use of medical marijuana in children with cancer,” appears online here.

    7 Responses to “Survey: Pediatric Oncology Providers Favor Cannabis For Pediatric Treatment”

    1. Mark Mitcham says:

      Call me naive, but I wonder if you could file criminal charges against legislators who would withhold life-saving medicines from dying children.

      I wouldn’t know the term for the charge, but if it’s not accessory to murder, then certainly something to do with a malicious negligence of a child’s wellbeing.

    2. PhD says:

      For American Children With Seizures,
      For Americans With Cancer,
      For American Veterans with PTSD,
      For Americans With Chronic Pain,
      And For So Many Americans With Conditions
      That Medical Marijuana Treats, Heals, Or Cures,

      Medical Marijuana isn’t about

      “Getting High”

      Its about

      Staying Alive!!!

    3. PhD says:

      There’s a world wide CANCER epidemic.

      Google it — there really is one — and its getting WORSE, MUCH WORSE.

      Its already the second most common cause of death in AMERICA, and the #1 cause of disease based death in AMERICAN CHILDREN.

      AND ITS GETTING WORSE — MUCH WORSE.

      Dying of CANCER sucks — just ask anyone doing it.

      If you’re an AMERICAN man, you’ve got a 1 out of 2 chance of getting CANCER,
      and a 1 out of 2 chance of dying from it — after going through HELL ON EARTH.

      WE SPEND ALMOST NOTHING ON CANCER RESEARCH COMPARED TO THE SIZE OF THE PROBLEM.

      WE SPENT MORE THAN TWENTY TIMES AS MUCH ON THE WAR IN IRAQ THAN WE HAVE IN CANCER RESEARCH OVER THE ENTIRE 40 YEARS OF THE “WAR ON CANCER”

      MEDICAL MARIJUANA is a “Wonder Drug” and a “Gift from God” for CANCER patients going through CHEMOTHERAPY.

      MEDICAL MARIJUANA is is a “Wonder Drug” and a “Gift from God” for helping them deal with Cancer’s symptoms, including CANCER’s PAIN.

      MEDICAL MARIJUANA gives CANCER PATIENTS back their THEIR ABILITY TO EAT, their appetite for food and their will to live, and it helps them fight the DEPRESSION that comes with CANCER.

      AND NOTHING is more depressing than having CANCER and knowing that you’re probably going to DIE from it after going through HELL ON EARTH.

      Now, there’s now overwhelming evidence that the biochemicals in MARIJUANA can help fight CANCER ITSELF.

      IT IS IMMORAL TO KEEP MARIJUANA ILLEGAL FOR EVEN ONE SECOND LONGER.

      IT IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT MORAL ISSUES OF ALL TIME!!!!

      EVERY MINUTE ANOTHER AMERICAN DIES OF CANCER.

      AND ITS A HORRIBLE WAY TO DIE!!!!

    4. Skip W says:

      92% of Clinical Oncologists are supportive of medical marijuana for children. However the US government holds marijuana as Schedule I, and having no medicinal benefit.
      We should fire all of those Physicians immediately and replace them with politicians!

    5. phrtao says:

      What a terrible state our world is in. Who could possibly think there is any good that can come from not allowing access to life saving medicine. Any ‘new’ medicine has a chance of not being effective and many stand a chance of doing considerable harm. Cannabis, at the very worst, may not help the condition but it does no harm !
      What this survey does show is that some doctors (about 1 in 4 or 5) would deprive patients of the chance of an effective medicine for no good reason at all. These people should not be allowed to practice medicine because that view is completely incompatible with their hyprocratic oath (or they are too stupid to do a 10 minute read on google !).
      A few drops of a medicine administered from a bottle in a hospital environment is unlikely to lead to juvenile delinquency or a crime wave is it ?
      (but still some argue it might !!)

    6. Galileo Galilei says:

      I hold fully with the opinions expressing the immorality of withholding funds for cancer research based on the government’s counterproductive, bull-headed insistence on the lack medical value for marijuana. To thwart the advance of medical science is a crime against us all.

      Unfortunately, I believe that criminal charges can’t be brought against the legislator’s behind a bad policy or law.

    7. Julian says:

      There is nothing more viscerally frightening than a child dying of cancer or seizures or any of the life threatening disorders that could be treated or prevented by the use of cannabis, except the torturing reality that if our government hadn’t threatened to take away our children for medicating them with the safest most effective treatment on earth, whole plant cannabis, (while owning the patent for cannabinoids as neuroprotectants), the chances of mitigating the suffering and possible death of our children are far greater when the cannabis is administered at an early stage of the symptoms. I have seen the pain in parent’s eyes, and this hurts them the most. These are real damages that even the quantifiable medical debt families incurr cannot properly compensate for.

      We are legalizing medical marijuana. Activists, doctors and althetes risking millions in contracts… People with tenacity, experience and conviction like Dr. Sue Sisley, and everyone on our NORML board that never gave up, THIS is who we are fighting for, the children with cancer, the sick, the innocent, the poor and the disproportionately and unjustly incarcerated… and may every legislator, judge, Sherriff’s Association, pharmaceutical company, private insurance agency, agent and representative of our government responsible for prohibition never forget it… Night has turned to day for marijuana policy. Your judgement is coming.

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