I think we all need to pay attention when a cancer researcher refuses community standard chemoradiation, and instead opts for a schedule I drug with no medical value. Does he know something we don’t?
OVERVIEW OF PROSTATE CANCER
From the National Cancer Institute:
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the United States, after [non-melanoma] skin cancer. It is the second leading cause of death from cancer in men.
Almost all prostate cancers are adenocarcinomas (cancers that begin in cells that make and release mucus and other fluids). Prostate cancer often has no early symptoms. Advanced prostate cancer can cause men to urinate more often or have a weaker flow of urine, but these symptoms can also be caused by benign prostate conditions.
Prostate cancer usually grows very slowly. Most men with prostate cancer are older than 65 years and do not die from the disease. Finding and treating prostate cancer before symptoms occur may not improve health or help you live longer.
…Even with widespread screening with prostate-specific antigen (PSA), still 5% of cases present with metastatic lesions at the time of diagnosis. Because of all this, there is a fundamental necessity to search for and find new and novel treatments to this common pathology…. There has been experimental evidence that cannabinoids possess anti-androgenic [anti-testosterone effect which in theory should slow down or halt progression of the disease] proprieties…
In the United States, an estimated 217,730 cases will be diagnosed in 2010 and 32,050 deaths will occur [CA Cancer J Clin. 2010;60:277–300]…With testing localized disease incidence has increased while metastatic disease incidence has decreased.
Yet metastatic disease remains an important problem. Hematogenous [blood] spread of prostate cancer cells is a common event. For these malignant cells, tumor growth preferentially occurs in bones of the axial skeleton [the spine]. The most common site of metastasis is bone and frequently is symptomatic, causing pain, debility, and functional impairmen