Terminal Cancer

Allison Kendrick, MD -  - Medical Cannabis Specialist

Compassionate Telemedicine

Allison Kendrick, MD

Medical Marijuana Doctor located in Austin, TX

Terminal cancer doesn’t respond to treatment, but medical cannabis can help keep you as comfortable and pain-free as possible. At Compassionate Telemedicine in Austin, Texas, Dr. Kendrick offers compassionate care for patients who have terminal cancer. She’s one of only a few physicians who can legally prescribe low-dose THC in the state of Texas. Allison Kendrick, MD, MA, sees patients remotely via telemedicine, so you can schedule an appointment from anywhere in Texas. If you or a loved one has terminal cancer, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Terminal Cancer Q & A


What is terminal cancer?

A diagnosis of terminal cancer means the cancer isn’t curable or treatable. It’s sometimes called end-stage cancer, and treating terminal cancer focuses on making the patient as comfortable as possible.

Treatment with medical marijuana can be combined with opiate pain medication and can work together to improve pain symptoms via different mechanisms. Combining these medicines can also help lower the doses of opiates needed to treat pain.

Any type of cancer can become terminal. How long a person lives with terminal cancer depends on a variety of factors, including the type of cancer they have, their overall health, and whether they have other medical conditions.

 

What treatments are available for terminal cancer?

No treatment will eliminate terminal cancer. However, some doctors may recommend continuing chemotherapy or radiation treatment on a case-by-case basis.

Dr. Kendrick provides patients with prescriptions for medical marijuana, an alternative or additional treatment that helps to reduce cancer pain in addition to reducing the side effects of opiates, like constipation and appetite loss.

Other alternative treatments for terminal cancer include acupuncture, massage, and psychotherapy.

 

How does medical marijuana treat terminal cancer?

Studies show that medical marijuana effectively treats the side effects of chemotherapy, including nausea and vomiting. Medical cannabis also stimulates the appetite, helping people with terminal cancer to eat.

Other benefits of using medical cannabis for terminal cancer include pain relief and a reduced need for opioid painkillers, which cause dangerous side effects. The low-dose THC that Dr. Kendrick prescribes may also alleviate the emotional effects of terminal cancer, such as anxiety and depression.

Low-THC cannabis relieves pain and symptoms of terminal cancer without causing the psychoactive effects associated with higher concentrations of THC.

 

How can I get medical marijuana for terminal cancer?

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with terminal cancer, you may feel overwhelmed and unsure of what to do next. Texas residents with terminal cancer qualify for low-dose THC through the Compassionate Use Program.

Dr. Kendrick sees patients ages 12 and older. She carefully evaluates you or your loved one via telemedicine and explains the risks and benefits of using medical cannabis for terminal cancer treatment. Then, she writes a prescription for medical marijuana that you take to a licensed dispensary to fill.

Caregivers may legally obtain medical cannabis for a patient who is unable to go on their own.

For compassionate care of terminal cancer, call Compassionate Telemedicine, or book an appointment online today.