Can­cer pa­tient: New hope af­ter medic­i­nal cannabis move

The Sunday Post (Inverness) - - NEWS -

The fam­ily of medic­i­nal cannabis can­cer pa­tient Caro­line Burns say their fight to her keep alive has been boosted af­ter hospi­tal con­sul­tants were given the go-ahead to pre­scribe the drug.

The Home Of­fice has given hospi­tal doc­tors the clear­ance to ad­min­is­ter the drug from next month.

It means that pa­tients no longer have to get the per­mis­sion of a govern­ment ex­pert panel.

Caro­line, 35, from Cum­ber­nauld and whose plight was high­lighted by The Sun­day Post, has been kept alive af­ter tak­ing medic­i­nal cannabis for three years.

It fol­lows a three-month prog­no­sis by doc­tors in 2015. But she was de­nied per­mis­sion to ap­ply to the ex­pert panel by her spe­cial­ists. They said they did not have proper guid­ance or med­i­cal tri­als to sup­port her ap­pli­ca­tion.

Hope for the fam­ily lies in a medic­i­nal cannabis course be­ing launched in Lon­don next month.

Caro­line said: “I am over­joyed by the Home Of­fice go-ahead to al­low spe­cial­ists to pre­scribe medic­i­nal cannabis. A huge ob­sta­cle has been taken out my path. “I now need to per­suade my on­col­o­gists.

“Hope­fully, this will be a move for­ward.”

Her dad, Pat O’hara, said: “Get­ting Caro­line medic­i­nal cannabis on the NHS is like climb­ing Mount Ever­est. “We have now reached base camp, maybe even fur­ther.”

Caro­line Burns

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