ANCHOR LEAD: CAN A HALLUCINOGEN HELP PEOPLE WITH CANCER COPE? ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
When it comes to cancer treatment, the issues are many. What is the best treatment regimen? What disability may result from treatment? And am I going to die as a result of this disease? May loom as the largest concern of all. A study underway at three centers nationally, including Johns Hopkins, is attempting to use the hallucinogenic drug psilocybin to help, with very positive early results. Roland Griffiths, study investigator at Johns Hopkins, explains.
GRIFFITHS: The studies in healthy volunteers indicate a profound change in attitude, mood and behavior. People often feel a sense of the interconnectedness of all things, less depression, less anxiety, more personal well being. And the thought is that such an experience for cancer patients could well be critical to their living out their remaining time with significant well being. :30
More can be found out about the study at www.cancer-insight.org. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.