A former Playboy model has refused chemotherapy to fight her brain cancer and says she will instead beat the disease using illegal cannabis oil. Kerri Parker, 34, had a tumour on her brain removed four years ago but was sadly told the cancer had returned by doctors in September. She has been told her best hope of beating the cancer is chemotherapy and radiotherapy but Kerri, a former lab technician, says THC oil is ‘her only chance of living’.
The former Miss UK has been told she will need 10 – 12 cycles of chemo but says she has heard ‘no one with brain cancer has managed to have the full lot’. ‘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,’ she told Julia Sidwell for the
‘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. ‘I don’t want my hair to fall out from chemo or my face burned from radiotherapy.’ Kerri runs her own model academy as well as a nutrition business and is adamant her cancer will not affect her day-to-day work saying she has heard from other people who have used cannabis oil to treat cancer symptoms. Despite the legal risks, Kerri says she is willing to give it a go.
Kerri has refused chemotherapy and instead is choosing to treat her cancer with cannabis oil after it returned last month (Picture: Mirrorpix)
Kerri has raised a lot of money for brain tumour research since her diagnosis and now runs a model agency and nutrition business (Picture: Mirrorpix)
‘I can’t imagine any judge would convict a girl for using cannabis to save her life. It’s a risk I’m ready to take,’ she said. Cannabis is currently a category B drug in the UK which means possession can land someone with a sentence of up to five years in prison, an unlimited fine or both. Dealing carries a sentence of up to 14 years in prison, an unlimited fine or both. Police can also issue a warning or an on-the-spot fine of £90 if someone is found with cannabis. What is THC? Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is one of at least 113 cannabinoids identified in cannabis. THC is the main psychoactive substance found in cannabis. Legal CBD oil is made up of a naturally occurring cannabinoid constituent of cannabis that contains only trace levels of THC – not enough to get a person high. The Home Office says that it can contain a maximum THC content of 0.2% and that the THC must not be easily separated from it. CBD oil can be sold in the UK and is thought to have some medicinal properties, including relieving inflammation, pain relief and reducing anxiety. Kerri has the THC she uses imported from Spain – where it is legal. ‘Not a single person said I’d made the wrong decision. My family are in support. Mum told me from day one she doesn’t want me having chemo,’ she said.
‘She fully believes we can beat this cancer ourselves.’ Justin Stebbing, Professor of Cancer Medicine and Oncology at Imperial College London, said: ‘Patients refuse chemo for all sorts of reasons – a decision I’d respect – but to say cannabis oils could help prolong survival of brain cancer would be a push. ‘Cannabis does have painkilling effects but it doesn’t actually have any anti-cancer properties.’ On the Cancer Research UK website the charity advises: ‘There isn’t enough reliable evidence to prove cannabis can effectively treat cancer.’