Teen's cancer treated after court fight

Oct 10, 2006

A Chincoteague, Va., teenager who won the right to choose his own cancer treatment in court is responding positively to the therapy, his doctor has said.

Dr. Arnold Smith, who was appointed by the court to monitor 16-year-old Abraham Cherrix's health, said the tumors in the teenager's neck and chest have shrunk, The Hampton Roads Virginian-Pilot reported Tuesday.

Cherrix and his parents won a court battle brought by social workers who accused his family of medical neglect for choosing an alternative treatment program. As a result of the case, Cherrix and his family agreed to try a variation of the treatment plus radiation therapy from a board-certified doctor.

Smith said six weeks of radiation and intravenous medication treatments have had positive effects in fighting back Cherrix's Hodgkin's disease, a lymphatic cancer. He was also put on a special diet including immune system-boosting supplements.

"The tumors are much smaller, and we expect them to shrink more," Smith said.

Copyright 2006 by United Press International

Explore further: Amgen tops Street 4Q forecasts

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Shutdown makes US 'less desirable' for science

Oct 02, 2013

The US government shutdown puts international science collaboration in peril and could have far-reaching impacts on innovation and research, a top science group said Wednesday.

Olympics: Illegal dump tarnishes 'green' Sochi Games

Feb 24, 2013

Away from the construction bustle of Sochi's Olympic Park, where Russia will host the Winter Olympics next February, residents of a small community north of central Sochi have seen only the filthy side of ...

Former HP chair Dunn, 58, dies after cancer bout

Dec 06, 2011

(AP) -- Patricia Dunn, the former Hewlett-Packard Co. chairwoman who authorized a boardroom surveillance probe that ultimately sullied her remarkable rise from investment bank typist to the corporate upper ...

Recommended for you

Amgen tops Street 4Q forecasts

17 hours ago

Amgen Inc. cruised to a 27 percent jump in fourth-quarter profit and beat Wall Street expectations, due to higher sales of nearly all its medicines, tight cost controls and a tax benefit.

Is head CT overused in emergency departments?

Jan 26, 2015

Less than 7.1% of patients presenting to the emergency department with dizziness and 6.4% complaining of syncope or near-syncope benefited from head CT say researchers at Kaiser Foundation Hospital in Honolulu. The use of ...

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.