Last updated on: 3/26/2015 | Author: ProCon.org

National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Biography

Position:
Pro to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“If medications don’t seem to be working, you might want to consider asking your oncologist to prescribe medical marijuana. The active substance in marijuana—a chemical called THC (tetrahydrocannabinol)—has been shown to relieve nausea and stimulate appetite in people receiving chemotherapy. Your doctor can also prescribe a medication that contains THC such as dronabinol or nabilone. If you choose to go the more traditional route of smoking an occasional joint (or snacking on the occasional pot brownie), be sure to let your treatment team know, and educate yourself about state and federal laws related to the medicinal use of marijuana.”

“Guidelines for Patients Caring for Adolescents and Young Adults,” 2013

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
  Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Description:

“The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®), a not-for-profit alliance of 26 of the world’s leading cancer centers devoted to patient care, research, and education, is dedicated to improving the quality, effectiveness, and efficiency of cancer care so that patients can live better lives.”

“About NCCN,” NCCN website (accessed Mar. 19, 2015)

Mission:

“Our mission, as an alliance of leading cancer centers devoted to patient care, research, and education, is to improve the quality, effectiveness, and efficiency of cancer care so that patients can live better lives.”

“About NCCN,” NCCN website (accessed Mar. 12, 2015)

Other:
501(c)(3) nonprofit
Quoted in:
  1. Is Marijuana an Effective Treatment for Reducing Nausea and Vomiting from Chemotherapy?