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.

87 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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Thank you! I will give your office a call.

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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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Melissa Schorr
June 1, 2017 5:24 pm

My husband has stage 4 gastric cancer with MSI positive genetic markers. He is on round 2 of chemo and is having bad side effects from stomach cramps, diarrhea and exhaustion and fatigue. We live in Philadelphia and would love to find out how we can get more info on where to obtain this. He is also recovering from GBS which occurred out of the blue in the fall and had him in inpatient rehab for 2 months.

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Allan Frankel, MD
June 2, 2017 2:09 pm

I assume GBS is Guillain Barre Syndrome. I am not certain what to suggest using at this point. Perhaps setup a phone consultation?

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Lisa Hosier
June 8, 2017 5:27 am

I have a friend .. crevical cancer.. metastasized to brain.. had brain surgery to remove the tumor. First time complete round of chemo.. ca125 91 to 9.. 13 cm to 2cm.. my question is how and where do I get cbd oil in Maryland? Can u tell me what and where to order off internet? Or can I get it from you for her?

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Allan Frankel, MD
June 8, 2017 5:53 pm

You will need to check out your local stores. We don’t have listings of every store in every state. Also, they change frequently as well as changing what they keep in stock.

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I have just heard about you from the “Sacred Plant Series”. I am very impressed! I am a 45 yr old female, was diagnosed with a 3.0cmx2.2cmx2.0cm brain tumor almost 2 yrs ago. I have consulted with several neurosurgeons and neurotologists. They all concur that the tumor is most likely an acoustic neuroma and want me to go forward with a tranlabrynth craniotomy. I am in the 1% of those patients that have this type of a tumor and a large tumor at that, but hardly have any symptoms. The normal symptoms are hearing loss, dizziness, tinnitus, balance issues etc. I have none of that. My only symptom is numbness on the left outer edge of my tongue that radiates out into my face at times. As long as I eat a lower carb diet, exercise, sleep and don’t get too stressed out then I hardly notice any symptoms at all. I am an RN and work in the OR and have studied this extensively. If I move forward with the surgery I will lose hearing in my left ear, possible facial nerve injury, vagal nerve injury, swallowing nerve injury, balance issues, dizziness and tinnitus, CSF fluid leaks etc. I have spoken to several patients that have told me how horrible the surgical side effects are and struggle to function daily. At this point I can live with the tumor as long as it stays the same or I can shrink it. I have read about several patients shrinking brain tumors with cannabis but most of theirs were malignant and wondered if mine would react the same. I have been taking a 5mg CBD oil 2 x day. And several anti-tumor type supplements. No growth in 1 1/2 years. Any suggestions? Wondered about Charlotte’s web?

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Allan Frankel, MD
June 12, 2017 2:13 pm

I just did a Pub Med search and there is no data yet on acoustic neuroma and cannabis. There is some data about other benign tumors, so it is probably a reasonable thing to do. You might consider calling my office for a phone consult to try sort out a “reasonable” dosing program.

BTW, Hemp CBD is not very effective and the charlotte’s web product available online is a hemp based CBD product. It USED to be cannabis, but I believe their “marketing” plans changed a couple of years ago.

I would use a combination of true cannabis based CBD plus some raw cannabis to get some THC-Acid

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Wendy Dwernychuk
June 9, 2017 9:19 pm

Hello Dr. Frankel,

Wondering if you recommend cannabis as a cancer preventative? I lost my sister to pancreatic cancer in 2012 and know now that with a family history, there is a higher risk of getting the same disease. I have had some discussion with friends about using cannabis as a preventative therapy but do not know if this is even possible. I have watched the first two episodes of “The Sacred Plant” and find it so very interesting that conventional medical doctors are now beginning to speak about the possible health benefits to using this plant for so many different illnesses and conditions.
Any insight you could provide would be most appreciated.
Thank you.

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Allan Frankel, MD
June 12, 2017 2:16 pm

Well, for better or for worse, I take the CBD and THC every day in large part for:
1. I have terrible anxiety and it has changed my life
2. I use it in hope of decreasing risks of cancer as well as neuro and cardio protection

I believe that the cannabis plant is essentially a “vegetable” that has essential nutrition for us. Man took this plant during the last ice age and when moving south to avoid the ice, took their CBD seeds with them.

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Hi Dr. Frankel! I read about much of you and your medical accomplishments especially in the area of Medical Marijuana treatments! I would say you’re indeed a servant of God!
Of the many serious conditions medical Cannabis has cured, has the rare cancer, Mesothelioma pass your desk?
I have a female friend, 47 yrs old Asian, who was just diagnosed 3-4 months ago with it.
The usual multimodal treatment was recommended since it hasn’t really spread yet..
We would like very much to visit you and seek your expertise about this debilitating disease.
She has been feeling the pain for months now even before the diagnosis.
Please advise. Thank you!

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Allan Frankel, MD
June 12, 2017 2:21 pm

I have not treated any mesothelioma patients – yet. You could setup an in person or phone/video consult and go from there?

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I have OVC IIIe cancer, diagnosed in July 2014. Had chemo, hysterectomy, more chemo until Feb 2015. Put on Lynparza (oral chemo) until Dec. 2016. CT Scan showed tumor on Liver, MRI showed tumor and PET scan confirmed. Had ablation 2 weeks ago and dr. wants me to start chemo ASAP. After watching The Sacred Plant, I feel that there is a safe and effective alternative. I also follow Chris Wark and am part of his SQ1 group. I live in Chico, CA. If I’m accepted as a patient, would I have to see you weekly or just once for initial and again for follow up? How do you treat patients that live so far away? Thank you for your valuable time and for the ton of information you shared on the documentary!

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Allan Frankel, MD
June 14, 2017 4:37 pm

After visits in person or phone consults, the majority of the follow up visits are done electronically. Our messaging system with patients is no charge and follow ups in person are usually annually. We have a staff that also answers many questions, as we have worked together for nine years.

Fortunately, you live in CA, so getting excellent medicine will be very easy

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Beth Greenberg
June 13, 2017 11:04 pm

Hi Dr. Frankel
I just saw you on the sacred plant and also have a family member in Santa Monica who sees you. I had parotigland cancer in 2007 with surgical excision and I remain cancer free. 2 and a half years ago I underwent a coronary calcium cat scan and a nodule was discovered in my left lower lung. I am a non-smoker. It was followed for 2 years and there was some slight growth at my 2 year visit. I underwent a cat scan fine needle biopsy which was inconclusive followed by a bronchoscope that is inconclusive. However due to continued growth on my last cat scan (2 cm by .5 cm) the decision for a VATS was made. My surgery is scheduled for June 19th. I am very interested in consulting with you and receiving treatment I just don’t know if I will be able to travel. I live in Connecticut. Please tell me how we can best proceed and thanks.

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Allan Frankel, MD
June 14, 2017 4:38 pm

The best way to proceed, is to call my office and setup one hour phone consult. 310-393-0640

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Allan Frankel, MD
June 14, 2017 4:39 pm

Perhaps have your Santa Monica family member come into my office while we are on the phone, especially if you live outside of CA

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Thank you, that is exactly what we are going to do, look forward to speaking with you June 27th.

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Judy Chrystall
June 16, 2017 2:05 am

Thanks for all your wonderful wise words and information you have shared during “The Sacred Plant” docuseries
My question: Have you treated anyone with Appendiceal , with cannabis, it could be cancerous? It is a build up of calcium attached to the appendix and mine has fluid around it
Off to see the General and Laproscopic surgeon on 23rd. I do not want to have chemo treatment. Would even come from NZ to visit your clinic

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Allan Frankel, MD
June 16, 2017 5:53 am

The word “appendiceal” just means “related to the appendix”. As far as I know “Appendiceal” is not a disease. Are you saying you have an appendiceal cancer or an Appendiceal “tumor”?

I am confused as to what the diagnosis is??

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Hi Dr. Frankel,
I saw the “Sacred Plant” and was so impressed with you.
I very much want to schedule a phone consult. I have early Myelodysplasia just diagnosed, and am also presumed to have a Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumor in head of pancreas (what “Jill” in your Series has).
Do you have experience with Myelodysplasia?

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Allan Frankel, MD
June 18, 2017 2:07 am

I have some experience with myelodysplasia. I think using CBD is a reasonable thing to do. It might be worthwhile adding some thc and even some of the “acid” molecules. To schedule a phone consult, just call the office at 310-393-0640

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Dr Frankel, have you or can you recommend anyone who has had experience treating breast cancer (triple positive, likely stage 2, completed chemo, had a mastectomy, waiting for pathology report, taking herceptin for the her2+ piece, likely to start radiation in a couple of weeks) and/or thyroid (papillary; surgery is recommended but would like to avoid or at least delay without taking the risk of it growing more aggressively). what is the evidence on survival benefits if any? i live in canada. thank you very much!

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Allan Frankel, MD
June 20, 2017 1:38 pm

I am not sure who in Canada has the most experience with this.

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Dr Frankel. My brother had a golf ball sized GBM removed in Feb. 17. Everyone optimistic. 6wks chemo and radiation and what appears to be another tumor 2.5 cm at MRI in may. Starting to have cognitive issues again. Seems to be very aggressive. He lives in AK. We will be in Santa Monica week of June 10th. Any possibility of a consult that week? Thank you for your consideration.

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Allan Frankel, MD
June 22, 2017 12:56 am

Do you mean July 10? Call my office and check with my schedule. You might want to come into town a few days early as most likely you will be able to establish Ca residency and then obtaining meds is easy

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Hi Dr Frankel. Yes I did mean July. Looks like we will see you on the 14th. We do t have a way to establish residency so he will need to source medicine in AK.

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Dear Dr. Frankel,

I have had a consultation with you in the past year re my mother who has stage 4 non small cell lung cancer, with soft tissue and lymph mets. She has had immunotherapy, which worked initially then stopped. She had radiation, which was successful but is undergoing chemo (Alimpta and Carboplatin) this week to deal with the systemic issue.

My question is would you say that cannabis therapy should be undertaken during chemo? We don’t want to do anything that would adversely affect the chemo. I’m aware that cannabis can help with nausea, loss of appetite and pain from side affects of chemo, but we’d like to try to resume using it with the hopes of shrinking the tumors.

She tolerated 3 X formula #4 pills pretty well when she was following your suggested protocol, but she stopped everything when she underwent the radiation.

Thanks so much,
N

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Allan Frankel, MD
July 6, 2017 5:28 am

Cannabis is great to take along with chemo.There are no drug interactions and the CBD portion helps the chemo get to the cancer cells while disturbing the non involved cells a lot less.

This is a public forum, so I don’t want to go into details, but call Alex tomorrow or Friday to find out about updates on cannabis regimens we are using for various cancers. As she tolerated the #4 caps well, she will tolerate this new program well.

In addition, when you call the office and speak with Alex and ask when the new regimen of capsules will be ready. I think it is another week, so perhaps worth waiting before just starting the #4’s

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My sister is battling stage 3 breast cancer and has learned of your expertise through a patient referral. She will be scheduling an appointment with you, but she is undergoing radiation now for the next 5 weeks. Can she use CBD during radiation, or should she wait until after treatment to schedule with you?

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Allan Frankel, MD
July 7, 2017 2:07 pm

I would start it sooner than later. I do’t see any reason to wait. CBD does not negatively effect radiation. CBD is an immune “modulator”, not a blocker of immune function.

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Thank you very much. I will call the office for more info.

Best,
Nanette

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Dear Dr Frankell

My name is Marilena and i live in Cyprus, far away from US. Is a small island in Mediteranean Sea, near Greece.

My father has non-small lung cancer (adenocarcinoma). He didn’t follow chemo or radiation because he has many health issues and the devastate side effects will destroy him. We just changed his diet to vegan diet and takes lots of supplements. Also and most important i read about cannabis oil and it’s anticancer properties and that many patients cured from it. So we decided to buy it because is not legal in Cyprus.

He was taking a rectal protocol 1:1 ratio which started with low amounts of cbd and thc and then gradually inreased at 1g thc and 1g cbd per day and a few drops orally as my provider told me. By the way i buy the oil from Spain.

AFTER the 3 months of cannabis oil he had a scan and tumor size increased significantly.
I don’t know if my oil isn’t real or if the administration through the rectum is the cause. The provider sent me the lab tests but none knows how much quantity of pure oil put into the bottles before send them to me because the oil is diluted into mct or coconut oil.

After the scan we decided (with my provider) to increase the ratio from 1:1 to 4:1 thc:cbd and he told me again to follow the rectal protocol. But this time we started from the high doses.. 2 g thc and 0.5 grams cbd daily. However he is taking this ratio rectally for a week and no improvements.( intense cough and he needs oxygen tank continuously).
Also my question is that he must feel high with 2g thc per day! But he doen’t! He just wants to sleep more hours. Is because my oil doesn’t work or is because he taking oil rectally and due there is very low absorption from rectum he doesn’t feel high?! I don’t know what to do! I don’t want to lose him.

Yesterday i gave him the oil from the first time orally (ratio 4:1 thc:cbd) and his low pressure got very low (6 and 4). Then i realised that the bioavailability sublingually is greater. Now his pressure is normal and probably i will decrease the amount of oil.

I am a 25 years old girl with no brothers and sisters and i am trying to find where is the mistake and the tumor increased. I believe in cannabis and it’s anticancer properties. I don’t expect miracles but i just wanted tumor remained stable.

Please help me Dr Frankell. Due we stay far away from US, is very difficult for us to come and visit u. Every detail may be effective for me and my father.

Thanks a lot.
May God bless u.

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Allan Frankel, MD
July 10, 2017 1:31 pm

1. Cannabis is NOT absorbed rectally. It needs to be taken under the tongue or orally
2. Make certain you are not using Hemp CBD; it is just not very effective at all

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