(fashion) Doctors claim a woman has been virtually 'cured' her ovarian cancer - after shunning traditional treatment and taking CBD oil and apricot extract instead.
The 'dramatic response' has been documented by surgeons at the University of California, San Diego.
Most doctors warn against eschewing traditional treatments for alternative therapies, but are open to complementary alternative medicine, often referred to as CAM.
But after being diagnosed with a rare form of ovarian cancer that responds poorly to treatment, one 81-year-old woman elected to have surgery, but forego standard chemo.
Instead she started on a regimen of cannabidiol (CBD) and amygdaline, a bitter substance found in fruits that turns to a form of cyanide thought to kill cancer cells.
By November 2018, to the doctors' amazement, the unnamed woman's tumors had all but disappeared, they reported last month in the journal Gynecologic Oncology Reports.
For most patients with most cancers, it would be ill-advised to use alternative therapies in the place of standard treatment, but this unique scenario could provide unique insights into potentials for CBD in oncology.
A CT scan of the woman's pelvis reveals the unidentified woman's series of tumors after she'd had surgery, but before she's started her experimental treatment regimen
Over the next year, while taking CBD and a toxic nut oil, the woman's tumors shrunk considerably, raising questions about alternative treatments among her doctors
UNIQUE CIRCUMSTANCES MEANT CHEMO WAS UNLIKELY TO HELP
The woman went to see her GP in March 2017, initially suspecting a hernia.
By April 2017 she'd been diagnosed with 'low grade serous ovarian cancer', aka LGSOC, a relatively rare form of ovarian cancer that often doesn't respond well to chemotherapy.
She had 'multiple' tumors, ranging from 7 mm to 7cm in size and referred to the UC San Diego School of Medicine.
But Dr Ramez Eskander says: 'After extensive counseling, the patient declined all interventions due to concerns regarding quality of life and treatment toxicity.'
Instead she, 'elected to pursue alternative therapy' and started taking CBD oil - aka 'cannabidiol' - each evening, as well as 'Laetrile' or amygdalin tablets - which contain a compound found in the seeds of certain fruits, such as apricots, and thought by some to have cancer-fighting properties.
And what happened next stunned the medics.
SCANS SHOW REMARKABLE TUMOR SHRINKAGE IN A MATTER OF MONTHS
By July 2017, CT scans showed a decrease in the size of the tumors.
The scans were repeated in September and November of the same year,