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A man was left 'shaking like a leaf' after being told he was 'essentially cancer free', having ditched chemotherapy in favour of cannabis oil.
George Gannon, from Basingstoke, Hampshire, UK, was previously told he had 12 brain tumours and only months to live; however, both he and his doctor were left stunned by his latest MRI.
The 30-year-old started using cannabis oil last December and stopped his chemotherapy in February. For three months he treated himself with just the oil and a subsequent MRI revealed his tumours had stopped growing.
Mr Gannon then resumed a lower dose of chemo in late April and his latest MRI earlier this month showed he had all but beaten the cancer.
Speaking to the Southern Daily Echo, he said: "It was quite surreal, I was shaking like a leaf. It was the best news we could have ever imagined.
"Back in December I was told I probably wouldn't survive. The doctor literally said it was the best day of his medical career. Now I'm 'essentially' cancer free in less than a year."
Mr Gannon was living in Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand, when he got the diagnosis, flying back to the UK days later. The NHS subsequently prescribed him with powerful chemotherapy tablets - but they only caused his health to deteriorate dramatically.
Mr Gannon said: "The medication I was being subscribed was literally destroying me. I looked like the poster person for cancer, I was so ill. It all got very dark.
"It felt as though the doctors assumed I didn't have long left and just kind of gave up. There were talks of me going into a hospice at one point."
Unwilling to accept this fate, Mr Gannon and his girlfriend, Natalie, researched other methods of medication, ultimately paying £1,300 ($1,588) a month on cannabis oil, which he used three times a day.
Mr Gannon said: "I started to feel like a completely new person but I had no idea if I was well or not. I suddenly had more energy and was behaving like normal, I could tell something had shifted but I wasn't sure.
"The long-awaited MRI results simply blew the doctors minds, not to mention ours. In short, I am essentially cancer-free in less than a year and they want to write journals and all sorts."
While the miraculous turn around is clearly cause for celebration, Mr Gannon said he doesn't want to get too carried away.
He said: "When you have cancer, you never fully get rid of it. I don't want to hype it up too much but it's more than obvious cannabis oil works well. I mean, it's cleared 12 tumours in less than a year."
According to Macmillan, more research needs to be done into the potential benefits of cannabis for people with cancer.
The charity's website reads: "It is still unclear whether using cannabis has any anti-cancer effects. But there is some evidence that the chemicals in cannabis might help with symptoms such as nausea and pain.
"But these studies have had mixed results when used in clinical trials. Because of the mixed results, the general feeling of experts is that there needs to be more research into the chemicals found in cannabis and their possible benefit."
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