Connecticut Top Court to Rule on Teen's Right to Refuse Chemotherapy

January 6, 2015 2:21 AM

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Cassandra was diagnosed in September 2014 with Hodgkin's Lymphoma, a rare condition not to be confused with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Physicians recommended chemotherapy, which according to the National Cancer Institute can cause hair loss, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue and pain.

The teen's mother, Jackie Fortin, supports Cassandra's decision not to undergo chemotherapy, saying that Cassandra had expressed anti-chemo sentiments before being diagnosed, calling chemotherapy "poison" she didn't want in her body.

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