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Cannabis Risks and Benefits in Cancer Symptom Management: Much Remains Unknown

Open chairs were scarce as a session at the 2019 American Cancer Society Annual Meeting titled “Is There a role for Cannabis in Cancer Symptom Management?” was set to begin. The session featured knowledgeable oncologists Mellar Davis, MD, of Geisinger Health System; Claude Cyr, MD, of McGill University; Brooke Worster, MD, of Thomas Jefferson University; and Ilana Braun, MD, of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The meeting took place May 31 to June 4, 2019, in Chicago, Illinois.

Oncologists, patient advocates, patients and other stakeholders from around the world gathered to hear different perspectives regarding the use of cannabis in symptom management for patients with cancer. Panelist after panelist went up to present available data, and each reiterated the same point: We need more research…

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