Connecticut Teenager Explains Why She Doesn’t Want Chemotherapy Treatment

BrianAJackson/iStock/Thinkstock(HARTFORD, Conn.) — A Connecticut teenager fighting cancer said she wants to refuse chemotherapy because she is interested in the quality of what life she has left, “not the quantity.”

The girl, identified only as Cassandra, has Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and while she is currently forced to treat it with chemotherapy, the 17-year-old says she is worried about what she considers risks, including heart defects, organ damage, and digestive problems.

“I entirely understand that death will be the outcome without the chemo,” Cassandra wrote to ABC News affiliate WTNH-TV from Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, where she has been living …read more

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