A Young Women
Forced to Undergo Chemotherapy
Friday, January 14, 2015
- Everyone wants to receive proper care when they are sick. But when it comes to cancer treatment,
precisely chemotherapy, more and more cancer patients want to avoid it. It was actually this week, a young
woman, Cassandra C., in the state of Connecticutwho has Hodgkin Lymphoma but said to
is 17 years old, and was
diagnosed with the cancer in September. Her doctor recommended her to receive chemotherapy,
the main conventional treatment for Hodgkin's disease, but she refused the therapy. She considered the chemo
agents as "toxic harmful
drugs” that would do more harm to her body than good. She intended to use alternative cancer treatment to fight her condition. Cassandra’s
mother, Jackie Fortin, approves her
decision to turn down the "poison" chemo for alternative treatments.
Hodgkin Lymphoma is a cancer that affects the lymphatic system which can lead to fetal result without
proper treatments. But thanks to advances in diagnosis and treatment of Hodgkin's
lymphoma in recent years, patients can now have a full recovery if the cancer is treated early and
Supreme Court of Connecticut the authorization to consider her decision to
not undergo chemotherapy. But the Court has denied her request the
fact she is still minor, and required the young patient to receive proper care. According to the Court
ruling, Cassandra will be
eligible to make her own medical decisions when she turns 18, next September.
Cassandra is hospitalized her will in the Medical Center
of Connecticut children to undergo the therapy.
Her oncologist told her that after treatment, she had between 80 and
85% chance to fully heal of the disease. But without
treatment, it would be certain death, her oncologist said. But the young woman refuses to be "exposed
to toxic poisons of chemotherapy",
and saying “I believe in the
quality of my life, not the quantity."
She also went
further to declare in a text that "Being forced into the surgery and chemo has traumatized me. I do believe I am
mature enough to make the decision to refuse the chemo, but it shouldn't be about maturity, it should be a given
human right to decide what you want and don't want for your own body." The Court, however, declared they are not violating her rights.
Her mother told the US media, "Let
my daughter refuses to poison her
body is her constitutional right as a human
being if she was major, her request would not be a problem, however, she will
be 18 years in 9 months. She
is very smart and she knows what she's
doing. She knows what might be the long-term side effects of chemotherapy."
Regardless of the
decision of the Court about the Cassandra case, it is clear that more and more patients do not believe in the
conventional cancer treatment we currently have. When question cancer survivals and cancer-free individuals
(people who have not been diagnosed with cancer), some say the treatment is “useless” in fighting cancer;
other say the “short survival time is not worth the painful side effects of the