Former Playboy model Kerri Parker was told she needed a dozen cycles of chemotherapy to treat brain cancer.
A FORMER Playboy model has refused chemotherapy to treat her brain tumour – instead turning to illegal cannabis oil.
Kerri Parker, 34, said she will risk five years behind bars rather than undergo 12 rounds of chemo, arguing it was her “only chance” to live
۔Kerri argued she would only become sicker by starting chemo – which had been scheduled for today – with no guarantee it would save her life.
Sunday People, the former lab technician from Norwich said: “I know using cannabis means I could be put in prison but I truly believe it is the only chance I have of living right now.
“I’ve been working hard over the past few years. I’m training for a black belt in martial arts and I’m the fittest and healthiest I’ve been, so when doctors say they want me to have treatment which will make me sick, it makes no sense to me.”
She said doctors told her no one with brain cancer had managed to make it through the 12 rounds of chemo without succumbing to the disease.
Kerri Parker argued she was the healthiest she had ever been
The young woman said friends and family supported her decision
DON’T RISK IT Cancer patients who shun chemo for alternative therapies ‘are TWICE as likely to die’
CANCER patients who opt for alternative therapies over chemotherapy are twice as likely to die, experts have warned.
That’s what a team of experts from Yale School of Medicine in the US discovered after comparing treatment success rates for more than 700 cancer patients.
The team combed through 10 years of records in the National Cancer Database to find 280 early stage cancer patients.
They were all diagnosed with either breast cancer, prostate or lung cancer or colorectal forms of the disease and opted for alternative treatments.
They included homeopathy, special diets and crystal healing.
The researchers then compared the group to 560 patients with the same type of cancer that chose conventional cancer treatment such as chemotherapy, radiotherapy and hormone therapy.
Patients were followed for about five years.
Based on their comparisons, alternative treatments were associated with a near six-fold increased risk of death for breast cancer patients, more than fourfold increased risk or colorectal cancer patients and a twofold increased risk of death in lung cancer patients.
On average that means cancer patients who chose alternative therapies are 2.5 times more likely to die.
Alternative medicine was also associated with a significantly worse five-year survival rate with all cancers compared to conventional treatment
Kerri added: “I don’t want my hair to fall out from chemo, or my face burned from radiotherapy. I train daily, run a model academy and a nutrition business and I don’t want having cancer to affect all of this.”Instead, she said she would put her faith in cannabis oil, adding; “It’s a risk I’m ready to take.”
While low-concentrate version of cannabis oil is legal in the UK, Kerri hopes to use the drug with a higher dose of THC (or Tetrahydrocannabinol), the
psychoactive component in cannabis that makes users feel “high”.
Kerri said she had been supported by her friends and family over her decision to use CBD, rather than follow a chemotherapy route.
HIGH DEMAND: Is cannabis oil illegal in the UK?
Cannabis oil is a substance extracted from the cannabis plant by steam distillation.
A low-concentrate version of the oil is available to buy in the UK and is not illegal — but products are required to contain less than 0.05 per cent THC.
THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the psychoactive component in cannabis that makes users feel “high”.
Cannabis oil is usually consumed orally, and has a very distinct taste.
There have been high profile calls for higher concentration oil to be made legal.
One type of oil is CBD (cannabidiol) which has been promoted as a possible treatment method for those living with addiction or anxiety.
However CBD products – while legal – have not been approved for use in the United States.
It is also claimed that there are possible side effects including irritability and nausea.
She was first been diagnosed with brain cancer in 2013 and had life-saving surgery to remove the tumour.
But doctors told Kerri this month that her cancer had returned.
Before the brain tumour, Kerri was awarded Ms UK, as well as spending her time free climbing, scuba diving, horse-riding and professional rally car racing.
The ex-Army medic, 34, was also a body double for Megan Fox, as well as enjoying drinks with A-listers such as Leonardo Di Caprio.
Though research is limited, there is evidence to support the idea that medical marijuana, which contains the illegal compound THC, can alleviate some of the side-effects of cancer treatment including nausea during chemotherapy.
Whether or not it has anti-cancer benefits is not clear – but Macmillan says on its website: “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.”