Florida woman turns to medical marijuana to treat cancer – NBC4i.com – NBC4i.com
TARPON SPRINGS, FL (WFLA) — Florida’s Amendment Two is opening the flood gates for people seeking alternative treatments for an array of health conditions, including cancer.
For Tammy Levent, of Tarpon Springs, Amendment Two passing means a much easier path to keeping her cancer in remission.
In May of 2015, Levent was diagnosed with malignant breast cancer and doctors told her it was spreading. After a lumpectomy, Levent refused traditional treatments.
“They thought I was absolutely insane. They’re like it’s not going work, you can’t be doing this, and I was like it’s my body, and this is what I want to do,” Levent explained.
Levent had to travel outside of Florida to seek treatment, but now she can get her prescriptions filled at Trulieve in Pinellas County.
Dr. Eduardo Palanca, in Clearwater, now oversees Levent’s care. He is one of only a few doctors in the Tampa Bay area licensed to treat patients with medical marijuana, and says while successful stories like Levent’s are now only anecdotal, the passage of Florida’s Amendment Two will lead to more legitimate studies can be done.
“We will be able to come up with very good studies that support that we are on the right track in looking for another cure for cancer,” said Dr. Palanca.
Dr. Palanca points out that as of now, cannabis is not considered a treatment for cancer, but says studies show THC has a strong anti-tumor effect. “It actually not only retards their growth, it prevents new cells from forming and new cells from dividing,” said Palanca.
He points out patients could seek traditional treatment for cancer, while using cannabis as another layer to fight the disease.
For Levent using cannabis oils as treatment was the only route for her and it seems to be successful, as she