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Annis, Theresa D.

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B.S. (Bachelor of Science)

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School of Nursing


Changes in cannabis legality in the United States over recent years have led to an increased interest in the use of cannabis in medicine. One area in which this interest has sparked controversy is pediatric oncology. This capstone aimed to review the available literature on this topic in order to synthesize current opinions and determine the pros and cons surrounding medicinal cannabis use within pediatric oncology. The overall opinion of providers and patients alike is pro-cannabis. However, a majority of providers feel pediatric medicinal cannabis use in only appropriate in certain situations. There is limited empirical evidence supporting or refuting pediatric medicinal cannabis use. Nonetheless, there is data confirming the efficacy of cannabis in reducing the symptoms of chemotherapy as well as indications of potential anticancer effects. In contrast, concerns surrounding the potential long-term effects of early cannabis use have prevented mainstream acceptance of cannabis as a treatment option for pediatric patients. It is imperative that additional research be conducted on this topic in order for patients, their families, and health care providers to make informed decisions surrounding the utilization of cannabis in pediatric oncology treatment regimens.




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