CBD oil as adjunct to Tarceva?

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November 2, 2017 at 2:41 pm  #1293443    
bizmonq
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I have been on Tarceva since June 2016 and recently a new growing node has been noted in my last 2 CT scans. Per my signature below I am currently taking 125mg Tarceva daily with the primary side effect being moderate rash on my head and upper torso.

It has been suggested to me that CBD oil may be an adjunct therapy worth considering. Are there any studies available to show what the benefits may be?


-61 y.o. male former competitive athlete
-Diagnosed w/ stage 1B adenocarcinoma Oct. 2013 w/ 3cm tumor in upper LH lobe.
-Upper LH lobe resection Nov. 2013. Minor tumor incursion into pleural cavity noted during surgery. No adjunct therapy suggested.
-Pleural effusion diagnosed March 2015, 1.2L fluid removed, tested positive for Exon 21 mutation.
-Repeated thoracentesis 2x, then started Tarceva 150mg June 2015.
-Severe rash (scalp and back) after 30 days, Tarceva stopped for 1 week, re-started at 100mg in July 2015. Rash controlled with 100mg / day Doxycycline.
-CT scan showed new 3mm node in upper LH lobe June 2017.
-CT scan in Sept. 2017 showed node growth to 9mm.
-Tarceva dose titrated to 125mg. Increased rash noted, controlled with 2x 100mg Doxycycline / day + steroid cream.

November 2, 2017 at 4:35 pm  #1293444    
catdander forum moderator
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Hi bizmonq,

Welcome to Grace. I’m sorry you’re experiencing new growth. As much as I’d like to say CBD oil is a good adjunct to anti cancer treatment there’s no data suggesting it. There’s a lot of hype about this type of thing with anecdotal stories about people who have used something as simple as CBD oil with other treatments and their cancer has responded…but to what. If it were as easy as cbd oil we’d all know and use it. But it probably wouldn’t hurt either but talk to your onc first.

What has been done with success is focal/local treatment like radiation to one or 2 spots of progression then continue with tarceva for quite a while. It’s believed that the progressing spots have a resistance to tarceva while the rest of the cancer is still responding well, getting rid of the resistant spots allows you to continue to use tarceva.

Too, when it’s certain tarceva no longer works and there are many places or progression a test for the T790M mutation is taken. If there is the mutation there is a drug, tagrisso used that works. Get as much out of every treatment as possible before moving on.

I hope your do well moving forward.
All best,
Janine

November 3, 2017 at 11:35 am  #1293454    
bizmonq
bizmonq

Thank you Janine, very helpful information and wise advice. Like you say “Get as much out of every treatment as possible before moving on” sounds like wise advice!


-61 y.o. male former competitive athlete
-Diagnosed w/ stage 1B adenocarcinoma Oct. 2013 w/ 3cm tumor in upper LH lobe.
-Upper LH lobe resection Nov. 2013. Minor tumor incursion into pleural cavity noted during surgery. No adjunct therapy suggested.
-Pleural effusion diagnosed March 2015, 1.2L fluid removed, tested positive for Exon 21 mutation.
-Repeated thoracentesis 2x, then started Tarceva 150mg June 2015.
-Severe rash (scalp and back) after 30 days, Tarceva stopped for 1 week, re-started at 100mg in July 2015. Rash controlled with 100mg / day Doxycycline.
-CT scan showed new 3mm node in upper LH lobe June 2017.
-CT scan in Sept. 2017 showed node growth to 9mm.
-Tarceva dose titrated to 125mg. Increased rash noted, controlled with 2x 100mg Doxycycline / day + steroid cream.

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