Esophageal Cancer and Marijuana

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Esophageal Cancer and Marijuana

by YvonL on Sun May 09, 2010 03:27 PM

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6 weeks ago I was diagnosed with Esophageal Cancer. The wheels are in motion to get the Chemo and radiation treatments started followed by surgery. Something I'm not looking forward to.

I am slowly losing my appetite and I have to force myself to eat something everyday like soups, soft foods and stuff like that. I can't say I get any pain swallowing but I do have some discomfort in the infected area. I have quit smoking cigarettes, (hardest thing I ever had to do) but have continued smoking weed (marijuana) . I find whenever I smoke a joint my appetite comes back and even if I force food down my esophagus I can withstand the discomfort that seems to go away after a short while.

I have been smoking 1 joint of weed every day for the last 20 years constantly and I am sure if I was without it I would have certainly lost my appetite and would be losing weight every day. The doctor was impressed that I had gained 4 lbs in the last 3 weeks. I told him what smoking weed was doing for me and he agreed that many of his patients are doing the very same, either smoking it or baking brownies and stuff.

He told me that I should bring the forms to my Family doctor and get him to sign so I can get my medical marijuana license. I know I will not be able to keep smoking the stuff once I get surgery but baking will be the way to go.

I refuse to roll over nad wilt away from this awful disease and I will do whatever I can to keep my weight up .

Does anyone else in this forum smoke the herb? How does it make you feel as far as your appetite go? I realize weed is not for everyone, but I suggest it for anyone who is losing their appetite.

Any comments?/

Thanks

Yvon

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by Phil_A on Sun May 09, 2010 07:03 PM

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I am in a pilot cancer group at the Veterans Affairs in Massachusetts and several of our present and past members are taking Marijuana in pill form administered by the VA for the treatment of nausea and appetite and they totally agree it has helped them with the nausea and weight gain and also helps in pain relief. I agree with its use even if I am a retired police officer but the cigarette form will do more harm regarding EC cancer due to chemicals used in the illegal manufacturing and has been directly related in EC cancer studies along with drinking. I feel if it help you go for it or go on the pill form that can be obtain by script. Take Care.  Phil A.

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by paysongeorgi on Mon May 10, 2010 02:53 PM

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I agree with Phil. Smoking it is not the way to go. I am for anything that helps, so get the script from your doc.

Wishing you the best.

georgi

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by redhead43 on Thu Aug 16, 2012 03:35 AM

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my best friend has stage 4 cancer mass is located on his voice box. He has been going through chemo and radiation and the nasua has finally taken over and he isnt eating or drinking. I brought him some marijuana suckers but they are too big and smel so strong he cant injest enough to be of help. He has a trach so baking things isnt an option, any other ideas

RE: Esophageal Cancer and Marijuana

by YvonL on Thu Nov 22, 2012 02:48 AM

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I'm so sorry I'm late in replying,,, try a vaporizer,,,

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by Ryoung6649 on Fri Nov 30, 2012 09:26 PM

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my husband has stage 4 ,which is non operable and when he smokes weed, he can relax and he does have an appetite.

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by mrsgoose on Mon Dec 03, 2012 10:45 AM

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My husband takes the pill form, he was losing about 4 lbs a week, now he gains 2 or 3, he wants to eat and feels better. I am all for doing whatever helps . He did not get a card.. they just supply it at the cancer center, I told him he should get the card they said they would give it to him then he can get different forms, fudge I hear is really good, and suckers help with hydration, but for now it is just the pills. he seems happier. I never was one to partake in the stuff myself, but for cancer patients I think it is great

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by MasterP357 on Tue Jan 01, 2013 07:32 AM

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That is good to know. I am an Active Duty US Army E-8, 3 months post op from and esophgectomy and stomach resection and I am having problems eating, and soreness, pain too. I plan on retiring in about 24 months and am looking at my VA benefits. 

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by mauvehawk on Wed Jan 02, 2013 01:28 AM

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YvonL,

They gave my husband a prescription for Marinol, which is a pill based marijuana to help him with his appetite.  This has helped him tremendously.  Our insurance covers it as well.  Good Luck!

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by visionati on Wed Jan 02, 2013 11:39 PM

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On May 09, 2010 3:27 PM YvonL wrote:

6 weeks ago I was diagnosed with Esophageal Cancer. The wheels are in motion to get the Chemo and radiation treatments started followed by surgery. Something I'm not looking forward to.

I am slowly losing my appetite and I have to force myself to eat something everyday like soups, soft foods and stuff like that. I can't say I get any pain swallowing but I do have some discomfort in the infected area. I have quit smoking cigarettes, (hardest thing I ever had to do) but have continued smoking weed (marijuana) . I find whenever I smoke a joint my appetite comes back and even if I force food down my esophagus I can withstand the discomfort that seems to go away after a short while.

I have been smoking 1 joint of weed every day for the last 20 years constantly and I am sure if I was without it I would have certainly lost my appetite and would be losing weight every day. The doctor was impressed that I had gained 4 lbs in the last 3 weeks. I told him what smoking weed was doing for me and he agreed that many of his patients are doing the very same, either smoking it or baking brownies and stuff.

He told me that I should bring the forms to my Family doctor and get him to sign so I can get my medical marijuana license. I know I will not be able to keep smoking the stuff once I get surgery but baking will be the way to go.

I refuse to roll over nad wilt away from this awful disease and I will do whatever I can to keep my weight up .

Does anyone else in this forum smoke the herb? How does it make you feel as far as your appetite go? I realize weed is not for everyone, but I suggest it for anyone who is losing their appetite.

Any comments?/

Thanks

Yvon

Hello Yvon,

I read thru your posting, I am starting my third year from diagnosis, went through several surgeries, (least of all a rad. neck. disection) and full chemo and radiation....that was the worst part.

 I am a certified patient for medical marajuana use and also have become quite the educator. I find that the "pills" are not really effective, and that eating  herb will do a lot but the newest form I am an advocate of is the Vapor pen  and  marijuana oil. I now sell these, they are NOT a heat or flamed source, they are ATOMIZERS, much like a cold vapor vaporizer for breathing. these are not to be confiused with all the E-Cigarrete knock offs. This is pure NANO particulate, high grade (PURE) oils made especiallyfor the medical cancer user... no heat, no flame no smoke!, just cool slight water vapor. Also these to not get you "Stoned" so to speak....yes you get the head and body high, but without the red eyes smoke and stink of a normal user (pipes joints etc.) They can be carried in your pocket are electronic (lithium battery) and come with a small kit and recharger

 I have the contacts for these, they run about 150 dollars with a full cartridge of oil and can be used in any place at anytime even in an office setting or movie. a small 30 ml supply of the oil is about 150-200 but will last for many many weeks!(dependant on usage). My doctor has evaluated these and finds them to be a great aid with regardsto getting the "herbal medicine", ( look up Steve rodgers in canada for his hemp oil cure also.

I found that without this, my appetite was almost gone, I could not keep taking narcotics and aspirin(to hard on the stomach) and was not offensive to anyone around me.

One last thing...my hospital and doctors neglected to place me in counseling or discussion groups and that is a HUGE part of the process. A support group is essential and I would advise you to get that started asap.

It is a long life changing journey, and it is much easier to go thru that with some one....I didn't have that and I can tell you it was/is sorely missed. it can be a great resource in adapting to the new way of living....

If there are any questions I can help with, please feel free to contact me at: visionati@ca.rr.com, anytime

Regards,

Cg

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