A father-of-two who was given only weeks to live he was diagnosed with a brain tumor managed to survive two years after his wife decided to give him illegal cannabis oil.
46-year-old Neil Lanciano was described as a ‘miracle case’ by doctors after he went from being in a wheelchair to walking.
It was in April 2020 when he was diagnosed with glioblastoma, a fast-growing and aggressive brain tumor that invades nearby brain tissue.
While doctors successfully removed 94 percent of the tumor at Southmead Hospital in Bristol, he was left with speech difficulties and partial paralysis.
Less than two months after the surgery, Lanciano’s tumor had returned to its full size and continued to grow.
Scans also revealed smaller tumors in other parts of his brain and he underwent chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment to no avail.
When he was given only weeks to live, his wife Hayley Lanciano, 38, ‘felt compelled’ to do something else.
“Not only did the operation feel like a waste of time, a follow-up scan showed the development of smaller tumours scattered on Neil’s brain,” she said.
“He was given radiotherapy and chemotherapy but this had no effect on stabilising the cancer and further surgery was too dangerous.
“We felt deflated, nothing was working. I felt compelled to take Neil’s diagnosis into my own hands.
“I was desperate to give Neil some kind of quality of life, for his sake and so he could be here a bit longer to watch our teenage daughters, Abbie and Emily, grow up.”
That’s when Hayley decided to turn to cannabis oil, which is illegal in the UK because of its THC levels.
Neil then used two bottles of the oil each month, defying doctors’ expectations by surviving another two years.
In July 2022, a scan revealed that the small tumors on his brain had disappeared, but the big one was still there.
“His healthcare team said Neil was a ‘miracle case’ which they couldn’t explain,” Hayley said.
“Neil had no other treatment and the only explanation I can think of is that the combination of cannabis oil and regular exercise played a big and positive part in Neil’s journey.”
Sadly, Neil passed away at the age of 46 on November 2022. Since his heartbreaking diagnosis, the gamily has raised more than $6,000 for the Brain Tumor Research charity.
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