Bryce Gaudry was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in March 2016. Faced with a nightmarish chemotherapy regimen, he is grateful for cannabis oil as an ongoing cancer treatment.Labor MP for Newcastle, 1991 to 2007, speaks out about using cannabis oil for cancer treatment relief
ABC News spoke to the former New South Wales Labor MP about his harrowing experience with pancreatic cancer. Pancreatic cancer has one of the poorest prognoses as it is usually discovered at a late stage, and only 6% of patients survive five years. Worst of all, about 30% of people die within two months of being diagnosed.
Bryce considers himself lucky to have been able to undergo a Whipple procedure, which left him without a gall bladder and most of his pancreas. His duodenum was also removed as well as the bottom section of his stomach and the pyloric valve, leaving him with a simplified digestive system. It was a massive procedure.
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Seven months of chemo
He then had to receive seven months of chemotherapy, which caused him to have terrible nausea. He says that when he came back from the hospital, he was constantly experiencing projectile vomiting. He was unable to find any relief until a friend was kind enough to offer him some cannabis oil for cancer treatments such as chemotherapy.
Cannabis stopped the vomiting
Within three days of taking the cannabis oil, the vomiting stopped, and he decided to continue using it. He believes he should try anything to improve his chance of survival, as there has not been any improvement in the survival rate of people living with pancreatic cancer in three decades.
From this statement, it appears that Bryce is hoping that cannabis oil may increase the effect of chemotherapy or help to reduce his tumor, effects that have been observed in early research into cannabis and cancer. Regardless of research and oncology, there is still not much chance of survival for those with pancreatic cancer, so it is understandable that Mr. Bryce is willing to try anything that might possibly help helm.
Bryce hopes research can reveal a possible way of diagnosing the cancer much earlier. If diagnosed earlier, people might have a better chance of living to tell the tale.
Support groups are vital
Support from friends and family is vital in coping with a cancer diagnosis, and Mr. Gaudry recommends that people diagnosed with cancer should join support groups. His Cancer Council telephone group supports each other. All the members he is in contact with suffer from pancreatic cancer and are traveling the same difficult road. People from all over Australia have helped him through the last year of treatment. They connect through phone calls twice a month, and he finds it very beneficial.
Cannabis oil for cancer treatment
Cannabis oil for cancer treatments such as chemotherapy helps tremendously to curb nausea and to keep an appetite. Between 20-30% of cancer patients die of wasting because they lose their appetite and can’t keep their food down. They eventually die of hunger. Cannabis oil in conjunction with these therapies gives patients a much better chance of survival.
As it is, Mr. Bryce has survived for longer than most people diagnosed with his condition. He has bravely faced chemo and radical surgery, and it is our hope that he will be able to become cancer-free.