Teen forced to undergo cancer treatment suffers setback

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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.

Cassandra Callender of Windsor Locks, known as “Cassandra C” during her legal fight to refuse traditional cancer treatments, disclosed the news Saturday on her Facebook page.

Callender, who is now 18 years old and legally able to make her own treatment decisions, tells The Associated Press 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.

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.

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