Teen forced to undergo cancer treatment suffers setback
Cassandra C said says a new mass has been found in her lungs. (Family photo)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB/AP) -
A teenager who was forced by the courts to undergo chemotherapy for her cancer says a new mass has been found in her lungs.
Cassandra Callender, of Windsor Locks, disclosed the news Saturday on her Facebook page, posting an image of a CT scan dated Friday.
"This is the mass that is now inside of my lung," she wrote. "I've known about this for a while, but it's been hard going public with it. But this is why I fought so hard against chemotherapy. I am so sick of being treated like number and how everything is based off of statistics. I am a patient not a number."
Callender, who at 18 is now legally old enough to make her own treatment decisions, told The Associated Press in a text message Monday that she is "moving forward with alternative treatments."
The state had argued that the treatment would give her an 85 percent chance of survival.
"Here is my `85% chance' of life after chemo," she wrote in her Facebook post. "Unfortunately I didn't make the 85%, I fell into the 15%."
Callender and her mother initially refused the chemotherapy, saying they wanted to explore more natural alternative treatments.
The state Department of Children and Families stepped in and a Juvenile Court judge removed her from her home, placed her under guard in the Connecticut Children's Medical Center and ordered her to undergo chemo.