Australian Researchers Testing Medical Pot for Pancreatic Cancer Treatment • High Times
Researchers from Curtin University’s School of Biomedical Sciences in Perth, Australia are testing medical marijuana as a possible breakthrough treatment for pancreatic cancer, one of the most lethal diseases on the planet.
The project is being undertaken in collaboration with Zelda Therapeutics, a Perth-based biopharmaceutical company, which will import the cannabis from Canada.
The research, according to news.com.au, will examine the usefulness of cannabis formulations as stand-alone treatments in combination with existing chemotherapy drugs.
Pancreatic cancer, the 11th most prevalent cancer diagnosed in Australia, is difficult to detect in the early stages and is extremely aggressive. Only six percent of sufferers survive for five years following diagnosis, according to Cancer.net.
“After years of slow progress in the field of pancreatic cancer treatment, we hope to finally open the path to new therapies for pancreatic cancer,” Curtin University’s Professor Marco Falasca said.
Zelda Therapeutics, according to their website, said the project will seek to replicate the success of its cannabinoid formulations on breast cancer.
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