Since some of his patients with brain cancer were likely to use cannabis anyway, Nicholas A. Blondin, M.D., figured he might as well oversee that part of their care. After tracking the progress of about 20 of these patients, he found that the supplement caused no harm in this population, had few side effects and did not interfere with conventional treatments.
While Blondin has not yet been able to draw conclusions about whether cannabis has extended overall survival in the patients, he did hear from some that it has improved their quality of life.
Director of neuro-oncology services at Associated Neurologists of Southern Connecticut, in Fairfield, and medical director of the St. Vincent’s Brain Tumor Center, in Bridgeport, the doctor reported his methods and observations in a poster presented Nov. 17 at the 22nd Annual Meeting and Education Day of the Society for Neuro-Oncology, in San Francisco.
“The patients mostly feel pretty good,”