In June 2012, Tommy Chong revealed he was suffering from prostate cancer. Less than a year later the pot comic reported that he'd kicked the disease with the help of various therapies, including hemp oil. At the time, we posted this blog written by Chong:
After I came out with the news last June that a cancer doctor told me I had prostrate cancer and suggested a high frequency treatment that is not approved in America and could only be done in Mexico at the cost of $25,000, I immediately looked at alternatives. I contacted my nephew in Vancouver, who was about to become a doctor, and he suggested I meet with a Dr. McKinnon in Victoria, BC. That doctor changed my diet and put me on supplements, and within a year I brought my PSA numbers down drastically and eliminated the cancer threat. I also treated the condition with hemp oil (hash oil). With the diet, the supplements and the hash oil, plus a session with a world-renowned healer, Adam Dreamhealer, I'm cancer-free. That's right, I kicked cancer's ass! So the magic plant does cure cancer with the right diet and supplements. I'm due for another blood test, MRI, etc., but I feel the best I've felt in years. And now for a celebration joint of the finest Kush...
Update: On June 17, 2015, Chong tweeted: "I have good news and bad news. First, the bad news. The cancer came back and it's a real pain in the butt. The good news is I have to use more marijuana to treat the cancer. Please wish me luck while I kick cancer's behind. Thank you for your love and support, now excuse me while I medicate and meditate."
Please wish me luck while I kick cancer's behind. Thank you for all of your love and support.— Tommy Chong (@tommychong) June 17, 2015
"I've had some medical issues lately," he tells US Weekly. "I got diagnosed with rectal cancer. I'm in treatment now. I'm using cannabis like crazy now, more so than ever before. I’m going to make sure I get a little edge off."
On June 27, Chong posted at Facebook:
'I'm doing the chemo/radiation dance now, but thanks to pot I'm enjoying it. Headphones, music and good bud - I'm good to go.'