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Katie is now 14 years old and was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Disease, a lymphatic cancer when she was 13. This site is a request to pray for her. Call her prayer pager 1-361-333-KATY (5289), enter your ZipCode and # key, to let her know you have prayed for her. Updates of her progress will be posted on the site. The Power of Prayer is Awesome. See beginning story at www.prayforkatie.blogspot.com.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Abraham Cherrix Gains a Victory


Starchild Abraham Cherrix, a 16-year-old cancer patient who is battling Hodgkin’s disease ended his legal fight with a victory Wednesday when his family’s attorneys and social services officials reached an agreement that would allow him to forgo chemotherapy.

Cherrix who has struggled with the disease once before and having it reoccur, decided he wanted to take an alternative healing method to treat the disease the second time around. Social service officials fought that decision.

Under the court ruling, Cherrix will be treated by an oncologist of his choice who is board-certified in radiation therapy and interested in alternative treatments. The family must provide the court updates on Abraham’s treatment and condition every three months until he’s cured or turns 18. Cherrix is still on the Hoxsey method, an herbal treatment that is illegal in the United States but can be obtained through clinics in Mexico, but the family hasn’t ruled out other possible treatments, such as immunotherapy or radiation treatment in small doses.

http://knowcancer.net/2006/08/16/court-rules-in-favor-of-teen-hodgkins-patient/

Comment: This is a victory for parents and children everywhere. Parents must have the right to make medical decisions for their children. I am not saying whether their decsion was right or wrong, and only time will tell, and it is their decision to make. But it is never right for doctors and oncologists to force chemotherapy and raditation by using the power of the state. Although these procedures are generally effective on Hodgkin's or Lymphoma cancer in children they don't work on everyone. The long term side effects of such treatments on children should be considered. The treatments often cause leukemia or cancer of another type in the future and a myriad of future health problems. Cancer specialists are recognizing the limitations of conventional chemotherapy and radiation therapy for cancer. How will we know if new types of cancer treatments are effective if patients are not allowed to pursue all avenues. Immunotherapy, once considered quackery, is now being recognized as legitimate treatment. Notice the new vaccine for cervical cancer now being highly recommended for young women. Hodgin's lymphoma is a real and very deadly threat as much as any cancer. There are very aggressive forms of Hodgkin's, like my daughter Katie has, that are very difficult to gain any control over and parents must be allowed to pursue any and all treatment options in search of a cure or to at least extend life with comfort and a quality of life that treatments like chemotherapy can never provide. I call on oncologist and radiologists everywhere to look into alternative treatments and to supplement your treatments with IV Vitamin C and other anti-cancer agents and vitamins and antioxidants. Most of your patients are already doing so without your knowledge or approval.

Edward

2 Comments:

  • At 4:50 PM, Blogger brendadriven said…

    my granddaughter passed away through mistakes by the emergency doctors.these doctors didn't have the humanity to call the parents and tell them.they didn't tell me ,standing outside the room that she went into heart failure because of a mistake made by a doctor. i knew of her reason for passing not until 8:30 pm that night.a man from the morgue called and had questions because
    paperwork was missing pertaining what happened in the er.he then said the coroner said to write off her death because of her pass history of the disease she was dealing with.he suggested we have an autopsy done and was very concerned.not only did we find out her condition was so serious,from which nothing was told to us of it,they had her on a drug knownly the very serious side effects could lead to death.once again these doctors told us not one thing about this drug.plus they had been giving her other drugs without our knowledge.all chemo types. they had been doing this for 10 yrs.she passed away after 16 yrs.three years earlier another 16,same er,same condition,same drugs.these doctors took her life by not telling the progress of her disease until it was too late.they had always told us she was fine.they also took away from us the chance we could have taken of other avenues for her.our lives have been torn apart.the doctors,hospital school,a experimental prodject and a dangerous drug took this precious
    child's life not to mention the years of drugs they were using on her without permissiom,without our knowledge.where is the court now and where is the social service.i will always believe GOD put me in that er for a reason and had the morgue call me for a reason.i am sending a prayer that goes to the very core and that is all sick people,especailly precious gifts,our children,that these doctors stop
    trying to take GOD'S place on the throne

     
  • At 3:07 PM, Blogger Merrie said…

    My mother passed away after learning that "arrogant" doctors didn't think she stood to benefit from chemotherapy. Instead, she put all her faith in the alternative route. She died a painful, horrific death anyway. I'm sad that people reading this might take the anecdotal stories on this blog (or mine) as enough evidence to shun (or embrace) a system of medicine that, though wildly far form perfect, follows the empirical research method; that agrees to follow the Hippocratic oath; and that employs some of the kindest, most compassionate people on the planet. It's the farthest thing from perfect, but a much, much safer, more responsible approach than "alternative" treatments that use anecdotal evidence and non peer-reviewed studies to sway gullible, mistrustring individuals to lay down the money! If you're at all paranoid or gullible, you too may fall prey to this garbage. If we shunned medical wisdom entirely, we'd probably all be dead by now. Remember polio? Smallpox? Curse those damned arrogant doctors who think they know everything...

     

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