Teen forced to undergo cancer treatment says new mass found


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut teenager who was forced by the courts to undergo chemotherapy for her cancer says a new mass has been found in her lungs.

Eighteen-year-old Cassandra Callender of Windsor Locks disclosed the news Saturday on her Facebook page. She tells The Associated Press that she is “moving forward with alternative treatments.”

She had been in remission after undergoing five months of forced chemotherapy for Hodgkin lymphoma when she was 17. She had argued she didn’t want to poison her body with chemotherapy.

Her case went to the state Supreme Court, which ruled in January 2015 that Connecticut’s Department of Children and Families wasn’t violating her rights.

She was released from the hospital last April.

She is now legally able to make her own treatment decisions.

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This story has been corrected to show Callender disclosed the news on Facebook on Saturday, not Sunday.

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