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active substances Known to man. 8y any measure of rat_ona3 analysis marijuana
can be safely used within a supervised routine of _edica_ care.
17. Some of the drugs most widely used in chemotherapy treatment of
cancer have adverse effects as fol3ows:
Cisplatin, one of the _ost powerful chemo_
therapeuic agents used on humans = may cause deafness;
may lead to life-threatening kidney difficulties and
kidney failure; adversely affects the body=s immune
system, suppressing the patienl_'s ability to fight
_.-_. host of common i nfections.
Nitrogen Mustard, a drug used in therapy for
Hodgki'_ disease _ nauseates; so toxic to the skin
that, if dropped on the skin, this chemical literally
eats it away along with other tissues it contacts; if
_:. patient's intravenous lead slips during treatment and
this drug gets on or under the skin the pe_tient may
suffer serious injury including temporary_ and im
extreme cases, permanent, loss of use of the arK.
Procarbizine, also used for Hodgkins disease-
. has knownps'-_-_nic, i.eo, en_otiona1_ effects.
_Z_.9_j_, al so known a_ Cyc] ophosphani de
suppresses patient's i_an_ne syste_ response; results
in serious bone marrow depletion; st:udies indicate
this drug may also cause other cancers, including
: cancers of the bladder.
Adr_amycan, has numerous adverse effects; is
dlfficu_ to employ in long term therapies because it
destroys the heart _Jscle.
': While each ol_ these agents has its particular adverse effects, as indicated
above, they also cause a number o? siim_'_, dist_'b;E_gLadverse effects. Most of
thesedrugs cause hair loss. _udies _ncreaslng_y indicate all of these drugs
": may cause other for_s of cancer, Death due to k'id_ey, heart or respiratory
failure is a very real poss_b_litj/ _ith all of these agents and the margin for
error is minimal. Similarly, there _s a danger of overdosing a patient weakened
< by his cancer. Put simply, there is very great risk. associated _ith the medical
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