12-Year-Old Boy Stops Cancer Treatment
Alex Rodriguez prefers hospice care at home with his family
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 25, 2012 4:40 PM CST
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(Newser) – Five years of surgery, chemo, and rehabilitation have convinced a 12-year-old cancer patient to halt his treatments, ABC News reports. Alex Rodriguez of Shelbyville, Tenn., chose hospice care at home with his family over going to Texas for experimental treatments. “He is a very courageous young man to have a very mature adult outlook on life," a doctor says. "It’s amazing as a 12-year old he is really able to face the opportunities and challenges that he has in his remaining time.”

One of Alex's last wishes was to visit the Coca Cola factory in Atlanta, Georgia—which he did yesterday. A businessman paid for his limo, and residents hung blue support ribbons on mail boxes and street lamps. Alex was stricken with cancer at age 7, underwent surgery and learned to walk again with metal devices in his spine. When the cancer came back, Alex chose home over hospital. “We don’t know what kind of time frame we’re in,” a minister says. According to Alex's grandmother, "He’s always happy and he doesn’t like to talk about his cancer. It makes him sad and he wants to be happy.”

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mommaroo
Feb 26, 2012 3:58 PM CST
I'm no doctor, and truth be told, have learned to distrust most of them. My son-in-law, as a newlywed, almost lost a testicle because of a mass. Doctors wanted to do a biopsy---only they would have to remove his testicle to do it. I have researched alternative medicine, and came upon the benefits of turmeric--found with the spices in the grocery store. It's not very palatable, but does come in capsule form as a supplement. Turmeric cleans the blood of toxins. My son -in- law took 1000mg of turmeric twice a day for two weeks. When he returned to the doctor, the mass was GONE. A neighbor recently had been a guinea pig because doctors couldn't figure out why his blood platelet count was so low. They tried chemo, steroids, and radiation was next. I told my neighbor about turmeric. He decided to try it because all the established treatments were making him weaker and sicker. He called last week, ecstatic.....his platelet count is almost normal. I wish there were some way of contacting this boys family, so that they can try turmeric. He has nothing to lose, will not feel sick from it, and who knows? It may help him!
crafter67
Feb 26, 2012 1:40 PM CST
it's his and his parents choice...good luck kid and hang in there as long as you can
hopalong70
Feb 26, 2012 8:03 AM CST
OUR DAUGHTER WENT THRU, THAT FOR 3 YEARS. ( 7 TO 10 YEARS OF AGE ) KIDS BECOME ADULT, VERY QUICK. I agree, with the child's choice. AFTER SEEING OUR DAUGHTER GO DOWN HILL, REAL FAST. I WILL NEVER GET TREATMENT FOR CANCER. LET NATURE TAKE ITS COURSE. CANCER IS A VERY HORRIBLE DISEASE. THIS IS A CASE OF, THE TREATMENT IS WORST, THEN THE DISEASE. I'am a 71 year old man. Not much time left anyway. So be it.