Connecticut teen forced to undergo chemo against her wishes
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HARTFORD–It’s a case pitting a 17-year-old girl with cancer against the state of Connecticut: she’s being forced to undergo chemotherapy against her will, and now the case is going to the state Supreme Court.
She’s only identified as “Cassandra C.” in court papers to protect her privacy, but the 17-year-old’s case could soon become known nationwide.
Cassandra was diagnosed with cancer in September 2014. Doctors said she had Hodgkins Lymphoma, a rare condition–not to be confused with non-hodgkins lymphoma. Physicians recommended chemotherapy.
But the teen refused the treatment, and her mother supported that decision.
According to the National Cancer Institute, side effects of chemo can include hair loss, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue and pain.
After rejecting treatment, Connecticut’s Department of Children and Families became involved and determined Cassandra needed the treatment.
DCF successfully petitioned the court for temporary custody of the teen, and she was taken out of…
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