UPDATE: CT Supreme Court Rules Against Teen Cancer Patient

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UPDATE 3:45 P.M.

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- The Connecticut Supreme Court has ruled that state officials aren't violating the rights of a 17-year-old girl by forcing her to undergo cancer chemotherapy she doesn't want.

Justices ruled Thursday in the case of the girl known in court documents only as Cassandra C., who will be free to make her own medical decisions when she turns 18 in September.

The case centered on whether the girl is mature enough to make her own decisions about how to treat her Hodgkin lymphoma, which she was diagnosed with in September. Her mother agreed with her wishes not to receive chemotherapy.

Doctors said chemotherapy would give her an 85 percent chance of survival, but without it she could die.

The girl is in state custody and receiving treatment at a hospital.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- The Connecticut Supreme Court is hearing arguments on whether the state can force a 17-year-old girl with cancer to undergo chemotherapy.

The girl, known in court documents only as Cassandra C., will turn 18 in September. She was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma last September.

The court is being asked Thursday to decide whether she is mature enough at 17, to make her own decision.

Assistant Public Defender Joshua Michtom, who is representing Cassandra, said the case marks the first time the state Supreme Court will consider the "mature minor doctrine" recognized by several other states. The doctrine generally allows court hearings for minors 16 and 17 years old to prove that they are mature enough to make medical decisions for themselves.

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