Dr. Frankel's Journal

CANNABIS FOR CANCER ASAP

January 3, 2017
Allan Frankel, MD
Cannabis Cancer Therapies

Copyright : Cathy Yeulet

Over the years I have written many articles about cannabis cancer therapies. There is growing evidence medical cannabis is effective in helping patients manage certain types of cancers at various stages, in conjunction with and as an alternative to traditional medical treatments. Medical cannabis is also effective in managing the side effects of cancer therapies and the symptoms of the disease.

Unfortunately, most people wait too long after diagnosis to begin cannabis therapies. They begin looking for alternative therapy when conventional therapies haven’t worked and the disease is metastatic with a terminal diagnosis.

When diagnosed with cancer, I highly recommend consulting a major cancer center for a diagnosis confirmation, a staging assessment and a recommendation of treatment protocols. Following assessment and treatment recommendations, medical cannabis should be immediately considered as a complementary therapy.

My first concern is that a patient has the best medical care. Whatever type cancer or the stage, we recommend the use of medical cannabis be done with advice of a medical doctor experienced in cancer treatment with cannabis.

About 20% of the patients I see are seeking help with cancer. They may experience anxiety, depression, insomnia, appetite loss, pain, other treatment side effects and symptoms of the disease. The cannabis formulations I recommend can be very effective at dealing with these issues as well as treating some cancers.

Have Questions?

If have questions about cannabis therapy for cancer, please call my office at 310-393-0640 to set up a consultation.

54 Comments. Leave new

Do you recommend staying on hormone deprivation therapy for metastatic prostate cancer while taking medical marijuana? I am afraid of the serious side-effects of the HDT like bone loss and heart disease, but am trying to eat as healthy as possible and making other lifestyle changes.

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Allan Frankel, MD
January 11, 2017 12:04 am

If you PSA has recently been very high, in most cases in this situation I would take the HDT. It would be helpful to spend some time speaking about this. We can do a phone consult at 310-393-0640. I spend one hour with patients and offer a fair amount of free follow up

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Hola Dr Frankel: as a client and caregiver I cannot stress enough about educating and researching which includes seeking 2nd and 3rd opinions from knowledgeable physicians. My father and I are lucky in that none of his doctors have opposed using the cannabis while undergoing treatment and chemo. I cannot stress enough the importance of having a focused dosing of cannabis and understanding of the different molecules. With that in mind could your briefly touch on the different molecules such as CBD, THC, THC-A, CBD-A and what they are good for or perhaps write an article/blog entry. Wishing you a successful year in healing patients and may every patient in your care receive the healing and miracles they are are seeking and deserving, this or something greater!

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Allan Frankel, MD
January 10, 2017 11:55 pm

I have written a couple but you are correct…I am do for an update and will do so as soon as I can

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Jean Himmelstein
January 9, 2017 7:39 pm

Thank you Dr. Frankel for making David’s last year a beautiful one. He was diagnosed with cholangiocarcinoma and we came to you immediately. They removed the tumor in his bile duct but said it had spread to his omentum. They wanted him on chemo with no hope of a cure. He would have been a professional patient for the rest of his life and suffered terribly. With the CBD/THC you prescribed we were able to continue traveling almost until the end. He had no anxiety, no pain, a voracious appetite, and was very happy. It also cured his cancer!! He had a PET scan and it showed no cancer in his omentum which is where his mets were. NOTHING!! We sent you the report and David was going to come and be videotaped. It was his underlying disease that killed him, not any cancer. This was told to us by his oncologist at UCLA. Primary sclerosing cholangitis remains in the body even with a new liver. He got 11 years out of the new one though before PSC destroyed it.
I have told everyone about you, and hope that you are able to do further studies on various types of treatment with CBD/THC. You were a Godsend for us, Dr. Frankel, and I will never forget your kindness,support, smile and enthusiasm. Thanks for thinking outside the box!!!! Great good luck to you in 2017! HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Hugs, Jeannie

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Allan Frankel, MD
January 10, 2017 11:43 pm

Thank you so much for the kind words. That is awesome regarding the cancer, but so sad that even in remission his other issues ultimately led to his demise. I wish you all the best, Allan

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Hi Dr Frankel,

I was diagnosed with ER+, Invasive Ductual Carcinoma stage unknown since I only allowed to them a biopsy, Mammogram, petscan, MRI & ultrasound.

I would like to know how much experience you have working with ER + BC and if using cannabis has resulted in no more Mets or cancer in patients. Can’t wait for my MRI results so I can set up a consultation with you.

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Allan Frankel, MD
January 12, 2017 3:21 pm

I have had a lot of experience with Er+ invasive ductal carcinoma. I am not certain I would advise skipping all traditional therapy, however this is always a tough call for the patients and their families.

That said, some of the patients I have treated have also forgone traditional therapy with mixed results. Perhaps a phone consultation on therapy and dosing and options would be worthwhile? 310 393 0640. There are always compromises and hopefully we can come up with a treatment regimen that will be likely to be very helpful while avoiding the type of care you are reluctant to consider

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Steve casados
January 11, 2017 9:57 pm

Hi dr frankel. I’m a part of a Facebook group called ” cannibus success stories” there are 91,000 members in it. Someone refered unitedpatientsgroup.com to find a cannibus doctor in Los Angeles area. That’s how I came across your name just so you know. I live in riverside. I am 34 married with 3 kids. I’m a full time fit firefighter and I still work. I got diagnosed 10 years ago with a rare thyroid cancer called ” medullary thyroid cancer”. It’s a slow growing cancer but a stubborn one that if not removed by surgery there’s no way to fight it (chemo or radiation has zero effect)

I have felt great for the 10 years. It just recently the labs and scans show all the tumors on my liver and neck and chest are growing more active then normal. I just bought the ” green oil machine” and I’m gonna start making my own cannibus oil similar to the “Rick Simpson oil”. Would love to come down and meet you for a consultation or skype would be better. but my question to you is how do u feel about the rick Simpson oil approach? And are u familiar with my rare cancer at all?

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Allan Frankel, MD
January 12, 2017 3:25 pm

I am not a big fan of the RSO dosing for a lot of reasons. Call my office for a consultation. 310 393 0640

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william phillips
January 16, 2017 6:46 pm

Hello Dr Frankel, My wife was diagnosed with small cell lung cancer in august 2014, 4 months chemo and radiation then prophylactic radiation on the brain. Went into remission till November 2015. Cancer came back outside of the lung went thru more chemo and is back in remission. I was interested to find out if CBD would be good for her to try. Doctors don’t seem to have a plan if cancer comes back. We a scheduled for ct scan 1st week of Feb. I have just became aware of this product and am excited to here if it can help. Thank you.

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Allan Frankel, MD
January 24, 2017 3:23 pm

I think this is a situation where cannabis can be of help. Consider either an in person visit if you are in Ca. If not, perhaps call the office and setup a phone consultation? 310-393-0640

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My email is looked up right now having problems getting in on New phone. A family member has been diagnosed with glioblastoma brain 2 tumors together at base brain one in in frontal lobe, He has done six weeks radiation 5 days a week and some type of cannabis pill, I don’t know specifics he was also taking a chemo pill at same time, He has been doing physical therapy 5 days a week, He is now on a month off to regroup and test end of month. He has continued with the pill and found a place close to continue some Neuro Physical therapy he is 41 and a very active man in the cutting horse industry, works horses along with his wife and 4yr daughter. He had a hose incident in August just bruised ribs per vet xray, sometime later in Sept he had a seizure, thought just due to fall the didn’t tell anyone. Soon in Oct he told his Dad he couldn’t tap his left foot next to Dr tests showed problem and by the time he got home his left leg and arm were useless. They chose to go to a place in Dallas West side. He is a big guy 6’4″ not sure of weight, not fat just big man. I’m praying you can point me in the best direction just something. He has a brace on his left foot and can walk a bit with cane. He and family are ready for the fight. Everything else is still working, mind talk good appetite. Hope you can be a guide he is 41 social drinker beer had smoked some. Texas is there medical marijuana Dr working with people? I’m in San Antonio. I have heard of some trials with polio virus, don’t know If that is viable. I’m not privy to all details..help please. Have seen your older tv shows. CBC is that best where is it available.

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Allan Frankel, MD
January 24, 2017 3:32 pm

Thank you, but I am not sure what the question is.

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Can you only treat patients in California?

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Allan Frankel, MD
January 21, 2017 5:50 pm

Yes, but I do a number of educational consults with patients all over the world. The only difference is I can’t give licenses in states outside Ca. Advise, dosing and follow up messaging are included

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Hi Dr. Frankel, I am newly diagnosed with SLL (small cell lymphoma). Do you think cannabis therapy could help me stay healthy? I understand that what I have is incurable but will be chronic with a progressively weakening immune system.

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Allan Frankel, MD
January 24, 2017 3:15 pm

I believe it is well worth a try. Cannabis can help with immune function as well as having effects against lymphomas

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Dr. Frankel,
I have been diagnosed and being treated for oral tongue cancer. Squamous carcinoma. I’ve had two tongue surgeries and a neck disecction with 28 lymph nodes removed. It sounds like no cancer cells in the nodes, but maybe some in the lymph fluid. I also received 30 rounds of radiation. I almost started on the RSO oil, but then was assured that my cancer was gone. Well it came back quickly on my tongue again, they again thought all would be fine, but during surgery they said they were very surprised at how quickly it had grown and spread, and become more aggressive. Now I’m rethinking my decision to use cannabis oil, but am really unsure about the RSO oil because it seems to me it’s awfully unregulated, and how do you know what you’re really getting and how much thc and cbd is actually in it? I live in Tx so it’s not legal here, which also makes it hard. I can’t visit a dispensary or anything. I have read some on this cancer and the co and there has been some success with it. I don’t want to wait until it’s too far advanced to start on it. Is there anything you can help me with? Thanks

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Allan Frankel, MD
January 31, 2017 3:06 pm

I would suggest giving my office a call and setup a phone consultation. We work with a number of patients in Texas. 310-393-0640

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I’m wondering why you’re not a fan of the Rick Simpson oil? Is it the dosing you disagree with or something else? The dosing of a gram a day seems very high, and for me I can only handle a rice granule sized portion? Is this enough to battle a breast tumor?

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Allan Frankel, MD
February 7, 2017 9:38 pm

I truly think that the dose of 600 mg of thc (that is how much there is in a gram, the other 40% are minor cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, plant waxes and more), is way, way too high. I believe it was based on a mistaken assumption. Also, using THC without CBD and often THC-A is a big loss. I would suggest a visit in person or a call for a phone consultation. 310-393-0640

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Jessica gilchrist
February 7, 2017 9:02 pm

Hi-My mom was told yesterday that she has stage 2/3 lung cancer from looking at the Ct scan they did. It maybe on her kidney and in her bones. I need your help-the next step is to do a MRI and a pet scan. Can you help us?

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Allan Frankel, MD
February 7, 2017 9:40 pm

I believe I can be of help. We can visit in person, if possible, or by phone consultation as a start. When we do in person or phone consultations, we give the patient access to a free patient portal messaging system. This means, after the visit, we can remain in touch without a charge

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Jessica Gilchrist
February 10, 2017 12:35 am

Doesn’t she have to have a state ID?

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Dr Frankel,
I have been fighting melanoma stage 4 for two years. My tumors respond but eventually become resistant to the treatments I have taken. I am currently the first patient in the world to try Car-t cell therapy. It has so far basically kept my progression from going wild but has not eliminated the cancer. I live in a state where mmj is not legal but I also believe it’s my right to heal myself. I have 100% organic oil ready to go. I tried oral administration but wow what a fog! I’ve recently seen contradicting statements on rectal absorption. I know when I tried this method I felt nothing! My question is does it even absorb? Where can I find more info on dosing and strains used for melanoma?

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Allan Frankel, MD
February 11, 2017 2:12 pm

I would call my office and setup a phone consultation. 310 393 0640

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My husband had surgery, chemo, and radiation for GBM 4 years and 3 months ago. Yesterday his MRI showed regrowth at the tumor site, so he is scheduled for more surgery. Is there any benefit of taking cannabinoid oils at this point? Are there any studies showing improvement with GBM? Thank you.

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Allan Frankel, MD
February 11, 2017 2:06 pm

GBM tumors are one of the most common cancers I see as I do a lot of work together with UCLA GBM docs. Check out Israeli studies with cannabis. NOt only does cannabis help kill GBM tumor cells, but it works very, very well together with chemo and/or Radiation. It is for sure worth adding.

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What is the recommended dosage to treat someone with cholangio carcinoma? I’ve read what Rick Simpson has said about Phoenix tears – he recommends a total of 60 mililiters? of the Phoenix tears over a period of three months and slowly building up the amount to 1 mililiter a day. Does that sound right? Thank you for your help.

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Allan Frankel, MD
February 17, 2017 6:37 am

I would call my office and setup a phone consult. I would encourage you NOT to go the route you are contemplating.

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Dr Frankel,

We have Rick Simpson Oil and a 12 year old patient, Is it possible to put a small drop on, or in a supossitory to eliminate the THC affects? also should we test or find out the strength so we can determine the dosage in the small drop?

thanks

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Allan Frankel, MD
February 17, 2017 6:35 am

Boy, today is Rick Simpson day. As I have stated a few times in the past hour, I am not at all a fan of the RSO methods nor logic.

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Allan Frankel, MD
February 17, 2017 6:36 am

ps. rectal absorption barely works at all. that is why patients don’t get stoned

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Hi Dr Frankel,

I from the Netherlands, so I will try my best to explane the situation and question right so you can understand. My mom has been diagnosed with overy cancer. The overy has been removed, she had two operations and two time chemotherapy. After the interventions she was not clean. It was spread in her stomach (a little bit) and it was on the surface of her bowl (or colon that I don’t know for sure. Although it was spread and not removable untill now it has’nt really entered any organs. But now complications are starting around her bowls (and mayby in her bowls) resulting in vomitting a lot. She has little pain in het stomach and her stool is not working good at all, so she is in needs of clister. I wish we started earlier with our own research, but what do you advise in regard of THC treatment.. What dose? Oral or rectal? And what can we do about the burning feeling on her stomach wich she feels that really contributes in the vomitting? Thank you..!

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Allan Frankel, MD
February 20, 2017 4:07 pm

There is no single “regimen” for everyone. It varies due to a number of variables. I would consider a one hour phone or skype consult with me to discuss. The next issue will be where to get the medicine. I don’t suggest just using THC, but nearly always use CBD and often THC-Acid.

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I have a smoldering case of Myeloma and cutis laxa. I experience a lot of bruising, especially on my hands, around my neck area, elbows. Anyplace where pressure, pulling, rubbing have irritated the skin.
Also, I had stenosis surgery a year ago and am still experiencing pain starting in the lower spine and going down my leg when walking or standing. I have to sit to relieve the pain. It does relieve faster since surgery.
Can you have? Do you know of anyone in the Santa Barbara area that is knowledgeable in cannabis medicine?

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Allan Frankel, MD
March 3, 2017 2:31 am

I don’t know anyone who is dosing CBD and THC. If LA is too far to drive with your sore back, consider an hour long phone consultation. We can discuss a number of issues as well as come up with an intial treatment plan. After the phone consult, you may message me, back and forth to fine tune dosing. We charge for the consult, but do not charge for any of the follow up messaging.

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Glenda Schwartz
March 13, 2017 1:05 am

Hi Dr. Frankel.

I have been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. I’m starting chemo in few weeks. Do you make referals in the Ohio area? Traveling to California is out of the question.

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Allan Frankel, MD
March 13, 2017 2:29 pm

I don’t know any doc in your area working on dosed cannabis. You might consider a one hour phone consult. We can usually help patients find a reasonable treatment course.

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I just visited the dispensary here in NYC for the first time and I’m not very pleased with the oil tincture I was given. It’s difficult to administer because it’s hard to know how long to hold the oil under your tongue. I tried holding it for as long as I could – about 15 minutes. Mostly I’m just getting headaches and an unpleasant sleepiness. I would like to try a vaporizer next, but the NY dispensary has only one type and I need to know that it’s safe for my lungs. How can I tell?

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Allan Frankel, MD
March 18, 2017 9:38 pm

Consider calling us for a phone consultation. I should be able to help you sort this out and determine appropriate dosing. 310-393-0640

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My mom has thyroid cancer since 2009 then mets to lungs 2010 but stable back then. At 2014 she was diagnosed uterine cancer had surgery march 2015 TAHBSO lympnodes removed. Then chemo administered till sept 2015 but ca125 going up continously till 8000. Chemo stopped placed in oral hormonal but as per petscan cancer spreads to cervical spine and abdomen some cyst in kidney. Dec 2015 radiation given for cervical spine mets. Helped a little but but my mom said its hard for her to move her neck. But january 2016 oncologist said to give her chemo everyday but every 3 weeks. Mom was fine less sideffect from chemo done last 2015. Ambulatory eatingbokay. Till nov they did petscan and mri cancers spreasds to t10 spine its says T10 deatruction. No wonder she has back pain. Then nov 20 2016 she said she has numbness both legs. She can walk till she is limping then use cane to walker then adopt to wheelchair. Fell twice till she cant walk anymore jan.physical therapies no help. Then jan 10,2017 my said to oncologist she doesnt want chemo which my mom realy opposing chemo ever since but we still hope it will work but in her case didnt work. So now since my mom refused for chemo they place her to hospice. But my mom is in good faith and spirit that she can still walk. So much pain from her lower back. So we decided to do alternative treatment change her diet to healthy no sugar at all. Alkalete diet. But i met a patient today im RN. My pt said maybe you can help my mom do u think its not too late to give it a try the canabis. Thanks a lot.

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Allan Frankel, MD
May 4, 2017 12:25 am

Cannabis takes three months generally to receive good responses. If you believe she may have that much time, it is for sure worth trying. If you wish to consider it, feel free to contact my office for more information.

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We need to see you and make appointment?

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Allan Frankel, MD
May 4, 2017 1:03 am

That is an option. 🙂

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I believe so the doctor said 3 months to live since january but her appetite good. Except she cant walk and to much pain. She is surrounded with positive people.

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Allan Frankel, MD
May 4, 2017 1:05 am

Well, then I would go for it. If you want my help, and if you live too far to come in, you can setup a phone consultation. If my staff says I have no available time, tell them I will come in early or stay late. I imagine you want to do something, if just talk about it, soon.

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Thanks a lot. I will call your office.

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Allan Frankel, MD
May 4, 2017 1:19 am

BTW, before you setup appointment, do you live in CA? If not, where do you live

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Yes we live in cali santa clarita valley and i work in westwood i met one of your patient who referred me to contact you.

Dr Allan we have appt with u this saturday for my mom im talking about with you the other day. Do you prefer to see her in person to assess better?thanks

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brianteasdel
May 17, 2017 10:29 am

This is BT. No questions at this point, just Praise. We are so lucky to have Dr.Frankel in our life. Thank You for your contribution to the welfare to fellow mankind, your devotion, smarts and compassion. I will be seeing you soon as I am in San Diego. I have liver cancer, received (9) Tabes/Tace with chemo and last Thur. 5/11/17 radiation yttrium 90. Liver Doctor says cannot be on transplant list anymore and recommends sorafenib, cancer pill that targets cancer in liver. About 30% success rate with small side effects. My Naturopathic Doctor recommended you and very grateful. See you soon Dr. Frankel. B

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Allan Frankel, MD
May 20, 2017 4:58 pm

Thanks for the very kind words. You made me blush.

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