Darren Miller’s 50th birthday took an unexpected turn for the worse when he was diagnosed with lung and pericardial heart sac cancer. When they gave him the diagnosis, doctors said his cancer was “incurable” and “inoperable.” Shortly after receiving the news, Miller started chemotherapy.
But when the treatments left him with what he described on his Facebook page as “blisters on his mouth, blood hands and feet,” he began looking for other forms of treatment—and that’s when he discovered cannabis oil.
In order to pursue this new approach to cancer treatment, he and his wife moved to California, where he could legally obtain and use cannabis oil in addition to his ongoing chemotherapy.
Now, nearly eight months later, Miller has been given a clean bill of health.
“And then today,” he told reporters, “they tell me I am completely cancer-free—not remission. I’ve cured my cancer.”
“I have the medical records to show the evidence of what I’m saying.”
“Now, am I giving credit to the cannabis oil? Absolutely. Am I giving credit to chemo? I would have to say yes, too. I did both.”
After being cleared by doctors, Miller and his wife moved back to their hometown of Granite City, Illinois to begin what he describes as a “compassionate cannabis program” to help other cancer patients learn how to use cannabis oil.
The idea of using cannabis oils to treat cancer has made headlines in recent months thanks to a number of important developments.
In November, the federal government updated its official fact sheet about medical cannabis to reflect the findings of animal studies that point to the plant’s potential to cure certain types of cancer.
And in December, the American Cancer Society published an official report stating that chemotherapy and radiation treatments are directly linked to the development of second cancers.
Many in the medical cannabis community have pointed to this statement as a reason to continue researching alternative modes of treatment, including the use of cannabis-derived oils and extracts.