Cannabis May Help Pancreatic Cancer Patients Live Longer

Cannabinoid mice trial holds hope for pancreatic cancer patients

Fewer than one-in-seven patients survive - a rate that was roughly the same in the 1980s. They discovered that these mice survived longer than those who only received the chemotherapy treatment.

Researchers in the study found that the mice they gave CBD to had a much higher survival rate than those that did not receive it.

The findings showed that a gene named IKZF1 recruits T cells in alopecia areata - a condition in which immune cells attack and destroy hair cells - that gets switched off during several types of cancer.

We found that mice with pancreatic cancer survived almost three times longer if a constituent of medicinal cannabis was added to their chemotherapy treatment", said Marco Falasca, a professor at the Queen Mary University of London."Cannabidiol is already approved for use in clinics, which means we can quickly go on to test this in human clinical trials.

Response: Each year around 9,800 people in the United Kingdom are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

Lead researcher Professor Marco Falasca from Queen Mary said: "This is a remarkable result".

A cannabis drug may help to extend the lives of pancreatic cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, new research suggests.

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The evidence that CBD is effective for pediatric epilepsy has gained substantial traction recently, with 31 states allowing CBD-based medicines, and the approval of the drug Epidiolex, the first cannabis-derived drug to gain federal approval. Pancreatic cancer is aggressive and has one of the lowest survival rate of all cancers, researchers said.

'We urgently need a new approach to treating pancreatic cancer which is why we're delighted to be funding this ground-breaking new research into immunotherapy.

In the research on mice, led by Dr. Ferro, the scientists observed that the gene dubbed as GPR55 is responsible for pancreatic cancer cells development.

Aside from boosting the survival rate of pancreatic cancer patients, CBD also improves the quality of life of individuals going through chemotherapy by helping with the side effects such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, among others.

"Cannabidiol is already approved for use in clinics, which means we can quickly go on to test this in human clinical trials".

Disclosures: This project was made possible by an Avner Pancreatic Cancer Foundation grant and a Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund grant.

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