Case Sparks Debate About Teen Decision Making in Health – By Kimberly Leonard Jan. 22, 2015 | 12:01 a.m. EST


A Connecticut teen is being given chemotherapy against her will.

Some doctors say the decision is made in the best interest of the patient, and not based on maturity.

Some doctors say the decision is made in the best interest of the patient, and not based on maturity.

Some doctors say the decision is made in the best interest of the patient, and not based on maturity.

Only months before turning 18, a Connecticut girl has been told by her state’s supreme court that she must undergo chemotherapy against her wishes in a case that has drawn national headlines and raised questions about what rights minors truly have over their bodies.

The teen, identified in court papers only as “Cassandra C.,” was removed from her home in December after she missed medical appointments for Hodgkin’s lymphoma, or cancer of the lymph system. The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society says the disease is highly curable, with an 85 percent chance of survival. Doctors proposed a six-month chemotherapy course. Without it, she is likely to die in two years.

But Cassandra balked at the treatment and said she didn’t want to go through with it. Social services became involved and, after an emergency legal appeal, the state’s high court said on Jan. 8 the teen could be forced to receive the therapy.

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