Connecticut Teen In Remission from Hodgkin's


The Connecticut teenager known only as Cassandra C. who fought the state over receiving chemotherapy for her Hodgkin's lymphoma, is in remission.

This is according to sources familiar with the case, quoted by the Hartford Courant.

"We are very pleased with Cassandra's progress toward a complete recovery," said Department of Children and Families Commissioner Joette Katz in a statement. "We understand how difficult this has been for Cassandra and her family, but we have had full confidence throughout that the medical professionals involved in her treatment would be successful in saving her life."

Several physicians testified in front of the state Superior court last November and December that Cassandra stood an 85 percent chance of survival with chemotherapy, and that without it, she would die.

Following the testimony, the court granted the Department of Children and Families (DCF) temporary custody of the 17 year-old, who had earlier ran away to avoid continued chemotherapy treatments. In January, the state Supreme Court let the lower court's ruling stand.

She turns 18 in September, when she will be an adult and her medical choices will entirely be her own.

Source: Hartford Courant

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