A grandmother of 10 is claiming that cannabis oil, not traditional chemotherapy, has caused her cancerous breast tumor to shrink to an eighth of its size.
Upon her cancer diagnosis on June 28th at Royal Derby Hospital, 69-year-old Lin Coxon was told she needed to seek invasive treatment which included eight rounds of chemotherapy.
The aggressive chemo treatment is considered normal for cancer patients with Linda’s diagnosis — which included a mass malignant lump in her breast, and cancer cells in her lymph nodes.
During the same timeframe that Lin was diagnosed, her case caught the attention of Scientists at St. George’s, University of London, who were studying cannabinoid treatment of cancer in mice.
Cannabis compounds may kill specific malignant cells, studies suggest. Although, experts say there is no conclusive proof of its effects on cancer in humans thus far.
‘I had nothing to lose’
On the date of Lin’s diagnosis, her tumor measured 33mm and had started to invade lymph nodes and nearby muscle tissue.
She was told she needed extensive chemotherapy, a lumpectomy and her lymph nodes removed. In addition, she would have to undergo radiotherapy.
Before chemotherapy started, Lin began doing her own research. She researched the condition and studied cases of fellow cancer patients who had reported cannabis oil had helped them. This included the case of Asda employee Karen Roberts, which she read about in her local newspaper.
According to the story, Roberts had successfully shrunk her tumors using a THC free cannabis oil, purchased legally over-the-counter.
Lin said: ”Obviously it was a major shock but I did some reading in the days that followed and saw there were reports that cannabis oil, which is available as a food supplement, could have beneficial effects so I decided I had nothing to lose.”
Lin began administering the oil and experienced remarkable results. “By July 24 I could not feel the tumor before it had felt hard. With my chemotherapy due to start on August 23 I asked if I could have another scan but the hospital said no, so my GP suggested I had it done privately which I did on August 21.”
“The doctor at the Nuffield Hospital was staggered when he saw the tumor had shrunk from 33mm to 11mm and my lymph nodes had gone from 25mm to 10mm.”
“He did a mammogram and saw the whole density had changed which was amazing news, so as it was shrinking so dramatically I spoke to my consultant and deferred the chemotherapy.”
Compound In Cannabis Oil Destroys Leukemia Cells
Cannabinoids are known for their potential to kill certain cancer cells. Research suggests that a compound in cannabis is ‘highly’ effective in destroying cancerous tumors in leukemia.
In a new study, it was found that when combining chemotherapy treatments with cannabinoids, the active chemicals in the cannabis provided better results than chemotherapy alone.
In this case, it is suggested that the chemotherapy dose be decreased – minimizing the side effects of the treatment.
Scientists have also discovered that the order of the treatments is crucial to the outcome. Using cannabinoids after the chemotherapy treatment produced greater results in the death of blood cancer cells.
Lead author of the study, Dr. Wai Liu of St. George’s University of London, explained that: “We have shown for the first time that the order in which cannabinoids and chemotherapy are used is crucial in determining the overall effectiveness of this treatment.”
Lin has continued to treat herself with cannabis oil and reports her tumors are still shrinking.
“The tumor is now down to 7mm with no medical treatment and the lymph nodes are down to 4mm.”
“The clinician at the Royal Derby said I should still have chemotherapy but I said I didn’t want to as things were moving in the right direction.”
“I asked my consultant if he would still be happy to monitor me and he said he would.”
Lin pays £39 ($45.00usd) for a bottle that lasts her ten days with consuming just a few drops a day.
The key to defeating cancer?
Though the NHS has not approved cannabis oil for use, it is readily available to buy online as a food supplement.
It is widely reported that the oil helps other conditions and illnesses such as arthritis, depression, and MS.
The health benefits of taking cannabinoids for cancer are being researched at St. George’s, University of London, and the scientists have been in contact with Lin.
Head researcher, Dr. Wai Liu said: “I was very interested to hear of Lin’s case.
Cannabidiol, which is just one element of the cannabis plant and one that does not have any psychoactive effect on people, has been shown to target communication signals that are malfunctioning in cancer cells.”
“It is thought that by correcting these signals we can enable cancer cells to essentially die rather than duplicate. So it may hold the key to understanding how to defeat cancer in some areas.
We at St George’s, University of London, have shown how this can be done. Although our data has mainly been laboratory-based, we have a growing and large collection of testimony from patients using cannabidiol, usually in a cannabis oil type product, who report positive effects on their battle with this dreadful disease.”
“Lin’s story is one that adds to this growing list and we wish her all the best in her treatment which should always be under the supervision of her doctors.”
While doctors do not recommend patients self-medicate to treat their cancer, stories like Lin’s seem to indicate that a cure may be just around the corner.
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