Judge Rejects Family’s Emergency Petition to Halt Chemotherapy for Long Island Teen Whose Cancer Is in Remission

By Greg Cergol

A 13-year-old Long Island boy battling a rare and deadly form of leukemia stood with his parents in family court Monday, sharing another disappointment as a judge rejected the family’s emergency petition to halt his daily chemotherapy treatments.

“I don’t need chemo because I don’t have any more cancer in my body,” Nicholas Gundersen told reporters Monday. “It’s difficult because every time I get it, I always feel sick. And I don’t want to feel sick if I don’t have to feel sick.”

The teen’s cancer is said to be in remission, but his doctors at NYU Winthrop Hospital insist the boy needs 40 more months of chemotherapy. A spokesman for NYU Winthrop said previously, “Unless chemotherapy is continued, those [cancer] cells can once again multiply and the results are usually fatal.”

When mom Candace Gundersen decided not to continue chemotherapy treatments for her son, instead seeking a second opinion from other doctors and planning to focus on a non-toxic alternative therapy for the teen, Suffolk County’s Child Protective Services seized custody of Nicholas.

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https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Judge-Rejects-Emergency-Petition-to-Halt-Chemotherapy-Long-Island-Teen-With-Rare-Deadly-Cancer-in-Remission-500867731.html?_osource=SocialFlowFB_NYBrand

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