After beating breast cancer in 1992 and undergoing chemotherapy and a partial mastectomy, Olivia Newton-John, 68, has been diagnosed with breast cancer that has spread to her lower back. This time, she is choosing a CBD treatment, something her daughter Chloe Lattanzi has experience with as a cannabis grower.
Newton-John opened the public hospital in partnership with Austin Hospital in 2012, and the facility focuses on cancer treatments as well as alternative medicine. In a press release, Newton-John stated,
“I decided on my direction of therapies after consultation with my doctors and natural therapists and the medical team at my Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre in Melbourne, Australia.”
Lattanzi, who lives in Oregon, wrote on Instagram: “She will be using medicine that I often talk about. CBD oil! (Cannabis has scientifically proven properties to inhibit cancer cell growth) and other natural healing remedies plus modern medicine to beat this.” Newton-John will also be doing photon radiation therapy, a newer addition to the many radiological oncology treatments that deposits far less radiation into healthy tissue, minimizing the side effects of radiation.
Newton-John gifted Lattanzi with the seed money to launch her cannabis business in an effort to help her with a “fresh start.” Chloe has battled substance abuse and disordered eating, but her legal cannabis business has helped her move past it.
Cannabidiol (CBD) has been proven in non-clinical studies to inhibit cell growth in malignant masses. A study published in the British Journal of Pharmacology showed that CBD may slow breast cancer cells from spreading. The American Cancer Society does provide guidance on cannabis treatments, and explains how it can be used to treat the side effects of chemotherapy.
“The American Cancer Society supports the need for more scientific research on cannabinoids for cancer patients,” but also recognizes that federal prohibition, “imposes numerous conditions on researchers and deters scientific study of cannabinoids. Federal officials should examine options consistent with federal law for enabling more scientific study on marijuana.”
Scientists are pursuing this area of study because CBD would provide a less-invasive treatment options, compared to chemotherapy and radiation therapies which harm non-cancerous cells and compromised the immune system. Similar to Newton-John’s treatment, the combination of a CBD regimine and a less-invasive radiation treatment may be the key for certain cancer diagnoses that would help patients maintain a better quality of life.
For now, Newton-John will focus on healing with the help of her daughter, family and friends. ‘I’ve spoken to Olivia in the last few days, and, as always she is very positive,”said John Farnham, one of Newton-John’s close friends. “She told me she is feeling good and confident of a total healing.”
Newton-John also announced that she will be postponing her upcoming tour to focus on her wellness. “Cancer is the disease of our generation and it is a part of my and mother’s quest to beat this insidious monster,” said Lattanzi. “Look for natural remedies as well as what modern medicine can offer. My mom is so powerful she will beat this in no time.”