Survey: Pediatric Oncology Providers Favor Cannabis For Pediatric Treatment

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Current research shows cannabis is a well tolerated and effective treatment option for treating a wide range of symptoms, including those caused by cancer and cancer treatments. While young cancer patients could benefit from this treatment option, many people are wary of the medication due to the potential negative side effects on children during their important development. Now, however, a survey presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology in 2016 suggests more than nine in ten pediatric oncologists surveyed favor patient access to medical cannabis.

Over 300 of the 654 pediatric oncology providers from US cancer treatment centers in Illinois, Massachusetts, and Washington completed the survey, of which 92% said they were "willing to help pediatric cancer patients access medical marijuana." Over a third of the participants also said cannabis therapy is "appropriate in the early stages of cancer treatment." Authors of the survey concluded pediatric oncologists presented "predominantly favorable attitudes toward medical marijuana use in pediatric cancer patients."

This information has been adapted from NORML and approved by our Chief Medical Officer.