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Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Specialty

Emergency Medicine

Advisor

Dr. Thomas Colletti

Abstract

Treatments for pain in cancer patients will focus on opioids and medical marijuana devoting attention to which treatment provides the best outcome in reducing pain. According to the literature, opiates have been the treatment of choice for cancer pain patients. In the early 2000s, some countries began to legalize Cannabis for medical purposes.1 There is a lack of evidence-based research to demonstrate the correlation between medical marijuana and cancer pain relief and whether it is more effective than the traditional treatment with opioids. Evidence-based research on whether medical marijuana is effective in controlling cancer pain as well or better than opioid treatment will assist in determining the best single treatment or combination treatment to control the pain.

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