Module 9 - The Medical Use of Cannabis in Cancer

Module 9 - Medical Use of Cannabis in Cancer

Created by Meredith Fisher-Corn, MD and Stephen B. Corn, MD 

Editors' Note: Medical marijuana has become an important area of study in healthcare. Doctors and healthcare professionals must understand the medical, legal, and social issues to best respond to their patients' questions and attend to their needs. This content area is not intended to encourage or dissuade the use of medical marijuana, but has been created to provide a balanced portrayal of the research in this area. 

This online course contains critical analyses of the medical literature on the clinical use of medical cannabis to treat cancer-related ailments. The use of cannabinoid-based medicines to treat chemotherapy-induced side effects will be discussed in detail, and cancer pain and other cancer-related ailments will be addressed, as well.

Learning Objectives

After reading this material, a participant will be able to:

  • Discuss the use of cannabis-based medicines to treat chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy and apply the information to clinical practice 
  • Discuss the use of cannabis-based medicines to treat cancer pain and apply the information to clinical practice
  • Discuss the use of cannabis-based medicines to treat chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting and apply the information to clinical practice
  • Discuss the use of cannabis-based medicines to stimulate appetite and apply the information to clinical practice 
  • Discuss Potential drug interactions between medical cannabis and chemotherapeutic agents and apply the information to clinical practice


Donald  I. Abrams, MD  
Chief, Hematology-Oncology, San Francisco General Hospital  
Integrative Oncology, UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine  
Professor of Clinical Medicine, University of California San Francisco

Alan Ehrlich, MD
Clinical Assoc. Professor, University of Massachusetts School of Medicine (UMMS)

Meredith Fisher-Corn, MD

Stephen B. Corn, MD
Founding Editor-in-Chief,

Course Fees

Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) Member: $12.00
Non-MMS Member: $22.00
Allied Health Professionals: $9.60



CME Credit

1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™  

Accreditation Statement for Joint Providership
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and
policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint
providership of the Massachusetts Medical Society and The Answer Page, Inc. The 
Massachusetts Medical Society is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for 

AMA Credit Designation Statement 
The Massachusetts Medical Society designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity meets the criteria for the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine for risk management study.

National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). 

Physician Assistants may claim 1.00 Category 1 credits for completing this activity. NCCPA accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society.

Continuing Education Credit for Pharmacists
The Board of Registration in Pharmacy in Massachusetts, (BOARD), accepts three continuing education types:  ACPE,  AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ , and continuing education activities approved by any State Board of Pharmacy.  Click  here  for a list of all state Boards of Pharmacy.

A score of 70% or higher is required to receive  AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.   

Activity Term

Original Release Date: June 15, 2017
Review Date: N/A
Termination Date: June 15, 2020

System requirements:

Windows, XP, Vista, 7, 8 
Mac OSX 10.6 higher 
Most modern browsers including: 
Firefox 18.0+ 
Chrome 26+ 
Safari 5+ 
Flash player is required for some Online CME courses.

iOS devices beginning with OS version 5 or higher (includes, iPhone, ipad and iTouch devices) 
Android devices including tablets and phones. 
Windows RT and tablets on Windows 8 are also supported.


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