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Unformatted text preview: Page 1 FOCUS - 3 of 11 DOCUMENTS The Globe and Mail (Canada) May 13, 2008 Tuesday A CHILD CAN'T WEIGH LIFE AND DEATH SECTION: EDITORIAL; CONSENT TO MEDICAL TREATMENT; Pg. A20 Children who are dying of cancer do not, and should not have, the right to reject potentially life-saving medical treatment. Child-welfare authorities in Hamilton were right to ask for a court order forcing an 11-year-old boy to receive chemotherapy. And the court was right to give the order. The boy is entitled to his own feelings about the most appropriate course of treatment. He has certainly earned them. Diagnosed at age 7, he has a generally curable form of cancer, acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Chemotherapy has caused him to vomit, feel bloated and have pain in his spine and difficulty walking. He had been cancer-free for a year after an earlier round of treatment. When the disease re- turned in January, he tried a round of chemotherapy again. He now wishes to try natural remedies such as vitamins, even though doctors say he will die without chemotherapy. turned in January, he tried a round of chemotherapy again....
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This note was uploaded on 09/08/2011 for the course PHIL 2400 taught by Professor Shaefer during the Spring '11 term at Xavier LA.

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