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Monday, September 18th 2006

Traditional Medicine Is Overrated

Starchild, the 16 year old Virginia kid who refused a second round of chemo is doing well. (H/T Orac)

A Virginia teenage cancer patient appears to be improving less than a month after he won a court fight to forgo chemotherapy and seek alternative treatments, his doctor said Friday.

“His tumor is shrinking very nicely and he’s gaining energy and stamina,” said Dr. Arnold Smith, medical director and radiation oncologist at the North Central Mississippi Regional Cancer Center in Greenwood.

It was the first update on 16-year-old Starchild Abraham Cherrix’s condition since his family was allowed to pursue alternative treatments in his battle with Hodgkin’s disease.

Neither Cherrix or his doctor would discuss specifics about the treatment, but the teen’s father said chemotherapy was not part of the treatment plan.

Despite thinking he was a little bit of a free spirit, and not agreeing with it, I have advocated from the beginning that Starchild (what a name) was old and informed enough to make decisions concerning his treatment. This despite being <18 years of age.