Judge Refuses To Grant Motions to Delay High Dose Chemo for Katie
Katie is 13 years old and a very bright, highly intelligent, and mature young woman. Does she have a right to make her own medical decisions, or a least give or refuse her consent to the treatments?
She has stated in her previous letter to her attorney below, that she did not want any more treatments and that she did not want this High Dose Chemo. The Judge did not grant a motion to delay the treatment until the other side could get a second or third opinion on it and/or until the next hearing on Sept 6 at 3pm.
DOES CPS OR M. D. ANDERSON HAVE THE RIGHT TO FORCE THESE TREATMENTS ON KATIE AGAINST HER WILL AND WITHOUT HER CONSENT?
We will see by Friday what happens. I pray they will have the wisdom to step back, look at the options, and get a second or third unbiased opinion and consider Katie's wishes. It is her life and her body after all.
High Dose Chemo carries a high risk of dying just from the treatment itself, and severely damages the heart, lungs, and kidneys. Another side effect is that Katie could never have any kids. Katie just has a small sliver of tumor tissue remaining and the doctors admit they do not know whether this is just dead fibrous tissue or active hodgkins disease. (Doctors treat a dead tumor? Yes, they measure their success by how much the tumor shrinks. It doesn't matter whether the patient lives or dies.) A study done at Stanford on High Dose Chemo showed that 46 out of 119 patients died and 4 year actuarial survival was only 52% with severe complications and toxicity. This sounds like a dangerous procedure to use when safer alternative are available, especially when the cancer may not even be alive! The cancer is not causing her any problems so why do the treatment and shorten her survival to less than 4 years with severe body damage. No wonder Katie is refusing High Dose Chemo.
Maybe it would be better to treat more conservatively and save the "big guns" for later.