Cancer

Gedde Whole Health LLC

Margaret Gedde, MD, PhD

Alternative Medicine Physician & Medical Cannabis Physician located in Buena Vista, CO

Cancer impacts millions of people every year in the United States. The disease and its treatments can significantly alter your quality of life. At Gedde Whole Health LLC in Buena Vista and Colorado Springs, Colorado, Margaret Gedde, MD, PhD, offers alternative therapies to help you manage the symptoms caused by your cancer and its treatments, focusing on the use of medical cannabis. To schedule an appointment, call or click the online booking button.

Cancer Q & A

What is cancer?

Cancer is a disease that describes the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells. Cancer occurs when your body is no longer able to get rid of old cells, allowing them to grow in number and create new abnormal cells. 

The group of abnormal cells usually results in a tumor. However, certain types of cancer, such as leukemia, don’t lead to the growth of tumors. 

Cancer can grow in any part of your body. The most common cancers include:

  • Breast cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Colon cancer
  • Melanoma

A cancer diagnosis is scary, but with advances in medicine and medical research, there are many effective treatment options. 

How is cancer treated?

Cancer treatment depends on the type of cancer you have, the stage of your cancer, if your cancer has spread to other parts of your body, and your overall health. Treatment may include surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation. The goal of your cancer treatment is to remove or kill the abnormal cells without damaging your normal cells.

Treatment for cancer, along with the cancer itself, can cause various side effects, such as:

  • Pain
  • Poor appetite
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Weight loss
  • Mood changes
  • Difficulty sleeping

You may find that these side effects have a significant impact on your quality of life and current treatments may not be effective at easing these symptoms.

How can medical cannabis help with cancer?

While research is limited, medical cannabis may alleviate many of the symptoms caused by your cancer and its treatment. Medical cannabis may help your cancer by:

  • Alleviating nausea and vomiting
  • Increasing your appetite
  • Relieving pain
  • Improving mood
  • Decreasing anxiety

Dr. Gedde is a medical cannabis specialist and can provide guidance on the various therapies that may help you get relief from your symptoms and improve your overall quality of life.

What can I expect during a medical cannabis consultation?

You can expect a comprehensive and compassionate evaluation when you come in seeking alternative therapies for the management of your cancer. Gedde Whole Health LLC requests that you bring a copy of your medical records to your consultation so Dr. Gedde can better understand your condition and needs.

During the evaluation, Dr. Gedde reviews your symptoms and medical history and performs a focused physical exam. She also asks about your current and prior cannabis use.

After your examination, Dr. Gedde discusses your medical cannabis options and at what dosage that has the best potential for easing your symptoms. She provides you with written instructions on how to proceed and then follows up with you by telephone to adjust your treatment plan as needed.

For a more holistic approach to the management of your cancer-related symptoms, call Gedde Whole Health LLC  or click the online booking button and schedule a consultation.