A mum who was given weeks to live after she shunned chemotherapy has stunned doctors by ‘treating her cancer’ – with illegal super strength cannabis and Manuka honey.
Susan Dhillon, 51, a mum-of-three, was diagnosed with inoperable stage four cancer of the mouth, nose and lower skull in June 2018.
Doctors said unless she had chemotherapy – and then incredibly risky facial surgery – her only option was end of life care.
But despite the tumours growing at a rate of 5% a month, she shunned the treatment.
She started taking a near-pure form of illegal cannabis tablets which her friend makes at home, by growing her own cannabis plants and using oil to make tablets.
Sue, a grandmother-of-one, then buys the drug from her friend at a cost price of around £16 a day.
After five months of taking a tablet a day, doctors were shocked to discover some of the tumours had disappeared, and others had stopped growing or shrunk altogether.
A letter from her ‘pleasantly surprised’ consultant confirms the regression and states: ‘I can only conclude that Mrs Dhillon appears to have gained significant benefit from the Manuka honey and Cannabis oil treatment’.
Nine months since her diagnosis, a scan carried out last month showed ‘encouraging’ results – her disease was found to be ‘completely stable’ with no sign of progression.
Susan is now holding out hope she will one day enter remission and is still taking a cannabis tablet every day.
Sue, a former NHS prescription administrator, from Slough, said: ‘It’s an absolute miracle.
‘I was told I could die in weeks or months. They told me it was inoperable.
She added: ‘I was over the moon. It was the best news I could possibly have been told.
‘I didn’t think I’d see my next birthday. The cannabis is keeping the cancer at bay.’
Sue went to the doctors after food started to come out of her nose while she was eating and she noticed she had holes in her mouth, in May last year.
She was fast-tracked to see specialists at Wexham Park Hospital, Slough, for an urgent cancer referral and given an MRI scan and a biopsy.
Two weeks later, in June last year, she was told she had stage 4 advanced sinonasal carcinoma involving the skull – a rare cancer of the nasal cavity.
Sue, said: ‘I went through a really sad time with my family.
‘I didn’t know what to do with myself and spent a lot of the time being very upset.
She added: ‘I didn’t want chemotherapy. It’s not natural and I don’t believe in it.
‘I was willing to try anything. I didn’t know what else I could do.’
After five months of daily doses, she went back to hospital in December for a scan to see if her tumours had grown.
Incredibly, her consultant was stunned to find ‘no obvious sign’ of a tumour in her mouth or nasal cavity – despite being diagnosed with advanced tumours in both areas six months earlier.
The consultant was ‘pleasantly surprised’ to see the cancer had regressed, and told Sue he was happy for her to continue taking the illegal cannabis oil drug.
Sue received the positive scan results a few days before Christmas which she described as ‘the best Christmas present ever’.
She says her case is ‘proof’ that medicinal cannabis can be used to treat cancer and wants ‘all cancer patients’ to be prescribed medicinal cannabis so others can benefit in the same way she has.