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May 20th, 2009
07:05 AM ET

Sound Off: Your comments 5/19/09

Editor's Note: Our Tuesday night AC360° viewers had much to say about the story of Daniel Hauser, the 13-year-old cancer victim who’s parents have refused further chemo treatments. We heard from those who agreed with the parents’ decision, and from those who regarded it as irresponsible and reckless. We also heard from some who felt the story did not fully portray the hazards of chemo and the serious after-effects patients must deal with. The story drew strong response from a divided audience. After reading some of the comments we received, we’d love to hear what you have to say:

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I was diagnosed with Cancer; my doctors gave me 1 – 1 1/2 years to live. At the same time, two of my friends were also diagnosed. I refused to take chemo or radiation, and I am still alive where my two friends died a year ago. I feel that I survived 2 years longer and am still going strong. I saw both my parents die after receiving the poison and I won’t let anyone touch me.

The type of cancer you have factors into the success rate of chemo treatment. My friend was diagnosed with breast cancer 10 years ago and after chemo has lived a productive life with no return of the cancer. Had she not made the decision to take the treatment we would likely be visiting her grave each year to remember her.

I have a daughter who has rhabdomyosarcoma. We did the first round of treatment. Some of it was under pressure. We were threatened before we had even stated any objections. Doctors feel over empowered to treat our children like science projects. If her cancer returns, I intend to make them prove it has benefit to continue this torture…She has autism too and this treatment further isolated her. Her chances were 50/50 "at best" first round…..this is a very personal issue for people who are faced with this horrible reality….we have watched children with zero percent chance of survival continue treatment because their parents can't let go. Is that any better?

Today I watched your program about a boy being forced to take chemo-therapy. Education is our friend. We must look up all these side effects. If I would have looked up the side effects of radiation my wife would be able to see today. Forcing people to take the forms of cancer treatments today is very harmful. in our case it cost my wife her eye sight. We went with cancer alternative called protocel and the chemo pills are in my shed, never taken. She is cancer free, no thanks to modern medicine.

Children rely on parents to make tough decisions because they are too young to handle the responsibility. While not everyone agrees with Daniel’s mother surely she believes she is not only fighting for his life, but for his quality of life. I hope she decides to let him have the treatment and takes the chance that the bad times will be worth it if it gives him years that the untreated cancer will take from him.

Regardless of my opinion about Daniel Hauser being forced to accept treatment, I do not feel that you presented both sides of this argument fairly. It is absolutely NOT true that there is a zero percent success rate when people use prayer & holistic methods to cure themselves. I heard the guest speaker (an MD?) on AC360 say twice that there is a 99% success rate for chemo vs. a zero percent success rate for alternative methods. That is a misleading and erroneous statement.


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