Prostate cancer occurs when the cells located in the prostate gland grow excessively. The condition often goes on undetected until it has progressed to an advanced stage, with most patients experiencing no symptoms. In patients that do exhibit symptoms of prostate cancer – among them inability to urinate, excessive or painful urination, lower back pain – they are often mistakable for other conditions. Like all cancers, one of the main risks of prostate cancer is the possibility that the cancer cells will spread throughout the body.
In patients with prostate cancer, the nausea, pain, and discomfort caused by chemotherapy and radiation therapy can be eased considerably with medical marijuana. Marijuana may also help restore the patient’s appetite.