Twelve months ago, doctors told Ruth Ashcraft it was time to look seriously into a palliative care or hospice facility for her husband, Andy, whose health had taken another turn for the worse.
He already had surpassed the typical survival time for a pleural mesothelioma patient, and his experimental, clinical trial drug had stopped working. He was struggling to breath and deteriorating steadily. They had just drained more than three gallons of fluid from around his lungs and inside his abdomen.
It was time, doctors said.
Ruth listened, but she didn't listen very well. She had other plans — cannabis oil.
The oil is extracted from the buds of a marijuana plant. It's a controversial, alternative treatment option she had researched and contemplated for two years. Ruth sought the treatment for Andy utilizing California's Medical Marijuana Program.
Now, Andy is beaming again.
"The man is healthy today, and there is no other explanation for that," Ruth told Asbestos.com. "Beyond a shadow of doubt, this cannabis oil has worked wonders for him. I'd recommend it for anyone with cancer. I'm not saying it will work every time on everyone, but it's working for us."