Lung cancer is one of the most common types of cancer around the world. And in the United States alone, more than 155,000 lives are lost annually because of this disease. In fact, of the 3 deadliest cancers combined (colorectal cancer 50,630, pancreatic cancer 44,330, and breast cancer 41,400), lung cancer accounts for 25 percent of all cancer deaths in the U.S.
When a patient is diagnosed with lung cancer, the outlook will not be as good compared to the other types of cancers. Of the other common cancers, Lung cancer has the lowest 5-year survival rate: only 18% (compared to the prostate at 99 percent, breast at 90 percent, and colorectal at 65 percent). The World Health Organization (W.H.O) reports that one in three patients living with lung cancer will succumb to the disease during the first year after their initial diagnosis.
But a Staffordshire resident in the UK, Garry Hill, 83, is set to buck that trend and has revealed almost three years after his lung cancer diagnosis, that he has reduced the size of his cancer tumor in a revolutionary way, by using CBD oil as a food supplement.
Garry Hill was diagnosed with lung cancer in early autumn 2016 and was given 6-12 months to live, without any treatment. He refused traditional cancer treatment in order to maintain his quality of life.
From a friend’s advice, Garry started taking CBD oil last September 2017. At that time, his lung cancer was now somewhere between 30-40mm.
“I took about two or three drops of CBD oil three times a day and then moved on to about nine drops twice a day. You put it under your tongue. The only downside was I didn’t particularly like the taste of it. I took it basically no more than a month.” Garry told the Express.co.uk.
Then in November 2017, Garry had a CT scan to check on the progress of his cancer. The results were amazing and beyond belief.
“The radiology report said there was a near-total resolution of the left lower lung mass. Most of the lymph nodes were normal size or had been resolved. There were just two that were about nine to 10mm, which, as my doctor said, was probably just remnants.” He said
Even Garry’s doctors were amazed that his cancer had shrunk. And now Garry’s cancer is in remission. Because of this, Garry became a true believer in the great medicinal effects of CBD oil and is now urging similar patients to try the product.
“I think people should have the opportunity to try it. I don’t guarantee you’ll have a good result, but there’s every chance that you will. It’s worth trying.” He said.
But does CDB really work on cancer patients particularly on lung cancer?
According to some scientists, they’ve found out that CBD can prevent cells from dividing and stop cells from developing new blood cells. But despite the promising results which have been produced in laboratory experiments, CBD For Lung Cancer may not necessarily be a certified cure for lung cancer. In short, while cannabinoids are said to be anti-cancer, translating this to the clinic has yet to be proven and completed.
Caroline Geralty of the Cancer Research UK told the Express.co.uk.: ” We don’t advise patients to use cannabis oil or any alternative therapies to cancer. Standard medical treatments for cancer are all evidence-based so have been tested to see how safe and effective they are. Some ‘natural’ remedies can interfere with medical treatment so it’s really important that patients speak to their doctor before making any decisions.”
The Macmillan Cancer Support also said that if you are considering using CBD oil as an additional therapy, buying the product online can be risky because you may not be aware of what you’re getting or how pure the product is.
In MediPen research facility in Cardiff, where experiments on the effectiveness of cannabinoids in slowing down the growth of cancer cells are being done, Metro.co.uk spoke exclusively to managing director Jordan Owen, and he has this to say: ” Lung cancer is an aggressive form of cancer that can spread very quickly. The end goal is to bring treatment to the market for lung cancer. The process which we’re currently going through now is looking at the cells. We want to slow down the process of metastasis. If we can slow down that process by doing different experiments with cannabinoids, then we can effectively slow down the growth of cancer.”
Since cannabidiol is not yet an FDA approved cancer treatment in the U.S., the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a press release last November 1, 2017, warning companies marketing unproven products derived from marijuana, that claim to treat or cancer. (Read the full press release here)