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Connecticut teenager forced to undergo cancer treatment in remission

Joanna Walters

The Guardian

A teenage girl who was ordered by a court to undergo chemotherapy has seen her illness go into remission.

The Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF) said on Sunday that the teenager, who is identified in court documents only as Cassandra C, was making a recovery that was better than expected after she was confined to hospital and mandated to receive chemotherapy.

The 17-year-old was given a diagnosis of Hodgkin’s lymphoma last September. After initial surgery failed, she was given two rounds of chemotherapy. She then asked for treatment to be stopped and, in order to avoid further trips to hospital, ran away from home.

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