Survey: Among Oncologists with Opinions, Majority Favor Medical Cannabis Use by Elderly

Thursday, 16 January 2020

Boston, MA: A majority of oncologists with opinions support the use of medical cannabis in elderly patients, according to survey data published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

A team of investigators from the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston and the University of Colorado in Denver surveyed a nationally-representative sample of oncologists. Of those with an opinion on the subject, 65 percent of respondents said that medical cannabis possessed "some benefit" for elderly cancer patients, particularly as an anti-nausea agent, an anti-depressant, and/or as an appetite stimulant.

Separate studies, such as those here and here, have reported that medicinal cannabis is safe and effective for a variety of elderly patients, such as those suffering from cancer and chronic pain.

Full text of the study, "Oncologists' perspectives on medical marijuana for the elderly," appears in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.