Jane, a 50-year-old woman with metastatic ovarian cancer was presented to me in pain and with anorexia (a decrease in appetite). Jane had been started on Carboplatin/Paclitaxel, a common chemotherapy regimen for her cancer that often depresses appetite.
James, a 25-year-old man with active multiple myeloma was referred to our clinic for chronic back pain. At the time of his initial evaluation, he was still suffering from Multiple Myeloma, a cancer of the bone that is frequently associated with severe bone pain and sometimes fractures. James had bone lesions throughout his spine, which led to multiple compression fractures, most severe in the upper back and neck area. At the time of his initial evaluation, his pain score ranged (on a scale from 1-10) between 4 on a good day, and 10 on a bad day.
Even after typical cancer treatments (ex: chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and immunotherapy) have eradicated the disease and patients become cancer-free, pain can be a significant burden and can impact one’s quality of life.
Episode 2: Joe Jeffries discusses his history as a pharmacist, his exploration of medical cannabis, and how he helps patients navigate their use of cannabis, emphasizing consideration for set and setting.
Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is the leading cause of dementia and the 6th most common cause of death in the United States. Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible, progressive neurodegenerative disorder that results in loss of memory and reasoning ability, and eventually a decline in physical capability.
As the 2020 United States election draws closer, the field of Democratic presidential candidates is undoubtedly crowded. As of this past Sunday, March 17, Quartz (qz.com) reports “13 confirmed candidates, three exploratory committees, and multiple “maybes.” The New York Times published an article which focuses on cannabis legalization as a unifying issue for 2020 Democrats.
Federal workers would be putting their jobs at risk by using cannabis to treat any number of symptoms, even when acting in compliance with state law. Under current law, testing positive for cannabis can cause federal workers to have their jobs terminated and can also bar potential hires.
Cannabis-based products are approved for use to help treat numerous medical conditions, from chronic pain syndromes to terminal illness, to glaucoma. However, the process determining which conditions are approved for the prescription of medical cannabis varies from state to state.