Should A State Be Able To Force A Teen To Receive Chemo?
Connecticut is forcing 17-year-old Cassandra C. to receive chemotherapy. She and her mother say the teen is old enough to decide for herself.By Madison Burke | January 7, 2015
The case of a 17-year-old Connecticut girl forced to get chemotherapy treatment against her wishes is raising legal and ethical questions.
The girl, only referred to as Cassandra C. in court documents, has Hodgkin's lymphoma and said she didn't want chemotherapy. Her mother supported her decision.
The hospital treating her says if she gets chemo, she has an 80 percent to 85 percent chance of survival, but without treatment she could die in just two years.