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Would you force a teenager with cancer to undergo chemotherapy against his will?

11 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
5 doctors agree

In brief: Work with counselor

Before ~25y the brain is still developing & decisions lack some of what we accept as adult level competance.
The 16-17yo is 75% there, but quite capable of understanding much of the issues. At the same time many have unrealistic fatalism or invulnerability ideas.Each kid & situation is unique. Confer with the oncology team, counselors, psychologists. In the end the parent must make a decision.

In brief: Work with counselor

Before ~25y the brain is still developing & decisions lack some of what we accept as adult level competance.
The 16-17yo is 75% there, but quite capable of understanding much of the issues. At the same time many have unrealistic fatalism or invulnerability ideas.Each kid & situation is unique. Confer with the oncology team, counselors, psychologists. In the end the parent must make a decision.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Radiation Oncology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Many cancers of young patients are cureable.
What a trajedy if this teenager is refusing a life saving treatment. I would rather convince him with literature and data that what is being recommended is necessary. As a parent i would want to save my child's life.

In brief: Yes

Many cancers of young patients are cureable.
What a trajedy if this teenager is refusing a life saving treatment. I would rather convince him with literature and data that what is being recommended is necessary. As a parent i would want to save my child's life.
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine

In brief: It depends

This depends on many factors.
Some types of cancer respond well to chemotherapy and some poorly so I would more strongly encourage it if it seems likely to help. Some teens are more mature and able to make a major decision than others, so I would consider that. If the teen refuses chemo he or she should consider alternative therapies; taking supplements can also minimize side effects of chemo.

In brief: It depends

This depends on many factors.
Some types of cancer respond well to chemotherapy and some poorly so I would more strongly encourage it if it seems likely to help. Some teens are more mature and able to make a major decision than others, so I would consider that. If the teen refuses chemo he or she should consider alternative therapies; taking supplements can also minimize side effects of chemo.
Dr. Randy Baker
Dr. Randy Baker
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