According to the Hartford Courant, Cassandra has an 80%-85% survival chance if she opts to complete the chemotherapy treatments. However, Cassandra chose not to receive treatment following her diagnosis. In commenting on her daughter’s decision, mother Jackie Fortin informed the Hartford Courant that Cassandra’s choice did not result from religious motivations. Fortin also stated that she did not play a role in influencing the decision. In supporting her daughter, Fortin noted “It’s her constitutional right — she doesn’t want poison and toxins put in her body. It’s her choice, and I support her decision.”
According to BuzzFeed News, a Connecticut teen whom state authorities are forcing to have chemotherapy will be taking the matter to the state’s Supreme Court. 17 year old “Cassandra C.” received a diagnosis of Hodgkin’s lymphoma in September of last year, according to court documents. The Mayo Clinic reports that this disease is rarer than the other form of cancer that transpires in the lymphatic system (non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma).