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Dad has RCC and starting Chemo, advice on CBD oil

14 Sep 2018 12:10

Hi, My Dad has recently been diagnosed with Renal cell carcinoma, at this point it looks likely to be stage 4 as it looks like it has spread to his liver, lymph nodes and lungs. Once they have done the biopsy they will start him on Chemo. 

I have done a lot of research on CBD oil as a means to alieviate chemo side effects and have been trying to find the best one online to purchase (in UK) 

We are either looking to get this in oil form or as a vape liquid. 

Any advice any one has would be great! Thanks so much Happy

Dad has RCC and starting Chemo, advice on CBD oil

14 Sep 2018 15:02 in response to EmilyFlorence

Hi Emily, 

Does your dad's medical team know you are looking in to this? If not, do make sure you or your dad have a chat with them about this first as taking this could potentially interfere with the chemotherapy that your dad is due to have, and can carry other side effects and risks.

Buying products online can also be dangerous as they are unregulated, vary in strength and may be contaminated with harmful substances. 

We have an interesting article on our science blog just here that you may like to look at but do give our cancer nurses a call as they will be able to tell you more. Their freephone number is 0808 800 4040 and are available Monday - Friday between 9a.m - 5p.m.

Kind regards, 

Steph, Cancer Chat Moderator

Dad has RCC and starting Chemo, advice on CBD oil

14 Sep 2018 16:34 in response to EmilyFlorence

Please apply a healthy dose of skepticism when researching CBD. People have made millions out of selling this stuff. Different chemos have different side effects for different people and your Dad's care team will be able to advise on how to mitigate many of the side effects.

That said, Holland and Barrett now sell CBD oil capsules, I expect their quality control processes will be better than the average online reseller. You can order it directly from their website. 

As well as the CRUK information shared by Steph, MacMillan have some useful information at


Best wishes