Health — 31 May 2013

bigstock-The-words-medical-marijuana-su-17121803By Pat Anson, Editor

The vast majority of doctors would prescribe medical marijuana to ease the pain of an older woman suffering from advanced breast cancer, according to a survey conducted by the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM).

In its February edition, the NEJM presented its readers with a hypothetical scenario of 68-year old patient named “Marilyn” whose breast cancer had metastasized to her lung and spine. Marilyn, who lives in a state where medical marijuana is legal, asked her primary care doctor if using marijuana would alleviate her chronic pain, nausea and fatigue.

The results of the online survey, published in the May 30 edition of the NEJM, found that 76 percent of the 1,446 doctors who responded would give Marilyn a prescription for medical marijuana.

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Pat Anson, Editor

Pat is Editor in Chief of American News Report. He is a veteran journalist and a former correspondent and producer for HealthWeek (PBS), Nightly Business Report (PBS) and other nationally syndicated shows. Pat has won numerous journalism awards, including a Golden Mike award for investigative reporting.

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