Ovarian Cancer and Medical Cannabis Research: Michelle Kendall’s Legacy of Research, Advocacy, and Change
November 22, 2022
Michelle Kendall was a scientist. She had a scientific mindset and tackled problems strategically. When she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, she took those skills and put them to use. She followed the doctor’s treatment plans until they stopped working and then she started her own scientific pursuit into medical cannabis research—going so far as to personally fund research in Israel with Dr. Hinanit Koltai of the Volcani Institute. Michelle also documented her experience in the film Schedule 1, which is available for free on YouTube. Tragically, Michelle passed away from her ovarian cancer before seeing the research efforts fully come to fruition. However, her husband Bruce Kendall and Professor Koltai are continuing the efforts that Michelle started and hoping to one day find improved treatment options for patients with ovarian cancer. Here, Bruce and Professor Koltai share their story and the current state of their research into medical cannabis.
This research is still moving forward today, with the most recent findings published in early November 2022 in the journal Molecules (1). That article was part of a special issue called “Natural Compounds with Activity against Ovarian Cancer: In Memory of Michelle Kendall, an Ovarian Cancer Warrior” (2).