In many instances whether a person opts for treatment or not the outcome will be the same.
Hodgkin’s disease, a type of lymphoma, is different. Treatment will cure the great majority of patients. Without it the disease is almost always fatal.
The story of the child in Minnesota, Daniel Hauser, with Hodgkins disease illustrates a parent making a bad decision based on faith, and fear. Hopefully the mother who is hiding somewhere with the child will come to her senses and give the child the best chance he has for cure, which is conventional chemotherapy and/or radiation.
The management of Hodgkin’s disease is one of the great successes of oncology and denying someone access to treatment is indeed criminal. Amazing that this should be happening in a modern country.
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