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Old 07-11-2016, 08:25 PM
 
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Wait a minute....Isn't it her body?
Its her body and her right to make these choices when she attains her legal majority of eighteen years of age.
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Old 07-11-2016, 11:56 PM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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All the cancer's she had still is called cancer. It did spread to other parts of her body it might of started in one place but it moved it was that aggressive.
Cancer is not one disease. It is many. From what you said in a previous post, your mother had four different, unrelated cancers. Breast cancer is not ovarian cancer "coming back", but some women who are at risk to get one of those are at risk to get the other. Stomach cancer is not breast cancer or ovarian cancer "coming back". Pancreatic cancer is not ovarian cancer or breast cancer or stomach cancer "coming back." All four of those are totally different diseases.
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Old 07-12-2016, 01:06 AM
 
Location: Amongst the AZ Cactus
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I think courts/government should stay completely out of personal decisions of individuals/parents on health decisions like this. Not their business/place. People can have an opinion on it/voice their views, but not their place to infringe on those rights either anymore than any of us want to be told how to make our own health life decisions that only impact the individual.

End of story.
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Old 07-12-2016, 02:18 AM
 
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No one should have to have their body to be pumped full of poison! The side effect's are terrible.
Losing feeling in your hands & fingers so you can't hold anything in them for very long. It kills healthy cells in your body along with killing your immune system. Motor skills, etc . No one should have to go though this kind of hell if they don't want too.
No they shouldnt. Most people are lied to however and blindly believe BIG MEDICINE that it will help them!!
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Old 07-12-2016, 03:40 AM
 
Location: Great Britain
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The issue is a legal one, although as a mature minor aged 17 years old she is entitled to refuse medical treatment. Patients of at least 16 may be assumed to be 'mature minors' for this purpose, patients aged 13 to 15 may be designated so by licensed providers, and pre-teen patients may be so-designated after evaluation by an agency or court.

In the United States, a typical statute lists: "Who may consent [or withhold consent for] surgical or medical treatment or procedures."

"...Any unemancipated minor of sufficient intelligence to understand and appreciate the consequences of the proposed surgical or medical treatment or procedures, for himself/herself.

Mature Minor Doctrine - Wiki
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Old 07-12-2016, 04:46 AM
 
Location: Rutherfordton,NC
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No they shouldnt. Most people are lied to however and blindly believe BIG MEDICINE that it will help them!!


So dad & yet so true.
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Old 07-12-2016, 06:02 AM
 
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If a young man or woman can choose to join the Military, fight in a war and die at 18 (which she is today), than that same 18 year old can choose to reject medical treatment even if it causes her death.

Raise the age of Majority if you do not like an 18 year old adult being able to decide what medical treatment they want. Remember, Cassandra has been having treatment for over a year now. If she says enough is enough, the State cannot force her any longer.
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Old 07-12-2016, 07:15 AM
 
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I realize logic is an unwanted item on these forums, but wait just one cotton picking minnit!
This girl is 17, right?
What if she was pregnant and wanted an abortion?
Could the court stop her?
Would her parents have to give consent?

"NO", you say? "That is different!" you say?
I submit that there IS NO difference!
BOTH are medical procedures, and a person should have the absolute right to accept or deny any medicine!
However, IIRC it is now a moot point, because she has achieved her 18th birthday, and thus should be able to leave the hospital AMA (Against Medical Advice), and live the remainder of her life as she sees fit.
No, a logical analogy would be between two situations with similar risks. Abortion is safe, much much safer than carrying a pregnancy to term and giving birth. Cancer, on the other hand, is really quite deadly if left untreated.

I allow my children a say in medical decisions, but the weight I give their opinion decreases with the severity of the consequences. If any person is terminal and the doctors agree that further aggressive treatment is just pain fir minimal gain I support their decision. But someone with a great prognosis just deciding to die painfully? That's stupid and selfish.
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Old 07-12-2016, 07:38 AM
 
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Cancer is not one disease. It is many. From what you said in a previous post, your mother had four different, unrelated cancers. Breast cancer is not ovarian cancer "coming back", but some women who are at risk to get one of those are at risk to get the other. Stomach cancer is not breast cancer or ovarian cancer "coming back". Pancreatic cancer is not ovarian cancer or breast cancer or stomach cancer "coming back." All four of those are totally different diseases.
Unless it was mets. You know this.

( for the record, mets are short for when cancer has metastisized to other areas of the body ) Suzy knows this, but not everyone on here works in medicine.
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Old 07-12-2016, 08:36 AM
 
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Her cancer relapsed. It happens, but does not mean her front line treatment was a wash. It's still very curable, even with a relapse. Since her initial treatment, there is even a new chemo protocol that is less toxic to address relapse. Unfortunately, though, her only shot at living to see her 20s will involve a stem cell transplant.

I had the same cancer as Cassandra. In fact, mine was far, far worse and I had far less support during chemo - I did it on my own while working full time. I am in full support of the state saving her from killing herself.
How could it relapse when it never was cured in the first place? It never went away.
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