Thank you everyone!
Thanks Elodie for the information... so hard to comprehend all this!!! :(
We did lots of research and talked to the Drs. about taking the cannabis oil. It doesn't interact negatively with all chemo, but with some it makes the chemo more toxic, doxorubicin is one of them. The oil also can lower your platelet levels, as does chemo, so you can be at higher risks of bleeding out. From my research it can also diminish the potency of some other chemos so you don't get the full effects. It's a really fine line and needs to be researched carefully. My son was going to start the oil right away and was not informed of any of this when he inquired at a legal clinic.... so be aware and do your research. You have to be your own advocate and be able to make your own decisions based on sound information.
So my take on it is look things up, research, research, research, and to talk to your doctor and let him/her know if you are going to use cannabis oil while doing chemotherapy as it could have major effects on the outcome of your treatment and your health. We are talking about taking cannabis oil here, not smoking cannabis/pot which is different.
I also asked here on this site and was given some feedback in the late fall. Here is some of it:
"Be aware that cannabinoids can interact with conventional chemotherapy agents, this may lead to an increase of the chemo in the human system causing the patient harm through toxic levels of the chemo. Research further. Doxirubicin and Votrient are both increased in the human system when cannabis oil is taken oraly (I can not find any evidence about transdermal interactions)"
"My wife uses Cannabinoid extract. Don't smoke it!!!
There is loads of great in formation out there here are some links www.cbdcrew.org (great videos)
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14570037 (Manuel Guzman, Spanish Dr studies cannabinoids and cancer)
https://global.oup.com/academic/product/integrative-oncology-978019...& (A great book on integrative oncology with a chapter on cannabinoids)
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12648025/ an interesting paper on the psychoactive effects of cannabis."
Hope this help Blue Llama. Good luck with your treatments. Sending healing prayers and energy your way!
Unfortunately we haven't been able to find anything on interaction with cannabis oil and ifosfamide.... so that's why I was asking hoping that someone would know, like last time... will keep searching.
My son will be talking to his Dr sometimes this week too. He seems to be leaning towards doing the new chemo treatments while he is still healthy and strong enough to do it. The final decision will be made this week......
Please send prayers and support our way for strength and courage! Thank you xoxo