A Connecticut court is set to weigh whether a 17-year-old girl with life-threatening cancer can refuse a treatment she views as "poison." The case tests a core issue of civil rights and modern medicine: At what age do we have legal control of our bodies?
The adolescent — called only "Cassandra C." in court papers — made the stunning demand that she receive no more chemotherapy to treat her cancer, Hodgkin lymphoma. Her survival odds are 80 to 85 percent with chemo but she will die without it, her doctors have said.
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