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.
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.