posted on Dec, 29 2004 @ 02:54 AM
The Food and Drug Administration has given the go ahead for a pilot study to look at the use of ecstacy in terminally ill cancer patients. Better
known as an illegal club drug, researchers hope that its use will help ease anxiety and lessen fears in their dying patients. The trial will begin
this spring and involve 12 patients in the Boston area.
WASHINGTON - The illegal club drug Ecstasy can trigger euphoria among the dance club set, but can it ease the debilitating anxiety that cancer
patients feel as they face their final days?
The Food and Drug Administration has approved a pilot study looking at whether the recreational hallucinogen can help terminally ill patients lessen
their fears, quell thoughts of suicide and make it easier for them to deal with loved ones.
"End of life issues are very important and are getting more and more attention, and yet there are very few options for patients who are facing
death," Dr. John Halpern, the Harvard research psychiatrist in charge of the study, said Monday.
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While we can to some degree control the pain, nothing has really been looked at for dealing with the anxiety and fears that come from knowing that
you will die. My family has had a very rough spell the last few years. Sandwiched in between my father in law dying last year, was the death of my
mother and now the terminal nature of my mother in law. Both have AML subtype 2. The coincidence of this is mind boggling. However, we did hospice
with my mother. She retained her mental faculties till the very last day. Although surrounded by family, she was still scared and sad about the fate
that had befallen her. Had something been able to help ease her sense of anxiety or fear without turning her into a drugged out zombie, I would have
been forever grateful.
[edit on 29-12-2004 by Banshee]