- During cancer treatment the most useful activities were relaxation, massage, cognitive behavioural therapy combined with physical activity, resistance training, aerobic activity and yoga; and
- After cancer treatment had finished the most useful activities were yoga, cognitive behavioural therapy alone or combined with physical therapy, tai-chi, resistance training and aerobic exercise.
I often reflect back to dispensing dronabinol (a synthetic THC product) for chemotherapy induced nausea and HIV related wasting syndrome, when I first started working as a pharmacist in a hospital in the early 90s. Back then it was no big deal, the hospital pharmacy imported the medication from overseas, just like we did many other medications which were not marketed in Australia, and supplied it on a doctor’s prescription.
We didn’t stop supplying it because it was difficult to get hold of, rather it just wasn’t very useful any more. New anti-nausea medications came on the market, and these were much more effective at controlling the nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy, and, a new class of medications known as antiretrovirals became available and these were so effective at treating HIV we thankfully were no longer seeing the devast…