The Daily Mail, today, put it this way:
Cancer boy Neon WILL have radiotherapy against his mother's wishes after High Court ruling.
- Mr Justice Bodey said he was worried Sally Roberts judgement had 'gone awry'
- Mrs Roberts had tried to claim her son should have alternative treatment to radiotherapy
- Experts brand her alternatives 'completely unethical'
- She conceded that her argument is 'weak' under questioning
Macedoni-Luksic M, Jereb B, Todorovski L. Long-term sequelae in children treated for brain tumors: impairments, disability, and handicap. Pediatr Hematol Oncol. 2003; 20: 89-101.So is Mrs Roberts right to be worried about her son's having conventional treatment? Has her judgement 'gone awry'? You decide.
Sixty-one long-term survivors, treated for brain tumors in childhood, were evaluated in term of neurological impairments, disability, and handicap.
Thirty-eight patients (pts) (62%) had at least one impairment.
Visual impairment was detected in 14 pts (24%), associated with recurrence (p = .012).
34r pts (56%) had motor impairment, associated with sex (female) in irradiated patients;
13 (21%) had epilepsy, associated with supratentorial tumor site (p = .001).
The same number of patients had brain atrophy; risk factors were hydrocephalus at diagnosis and perioperative complications.
16 pts (30%) had IQ score < 80, associated with young age at first treatment (p = .006) and recurrence (p = .043).
27 out of 61 of our patients (44%) were disabled: 12 mildly, 14 moderately, and 1 severely.
Epilepsy was the most important risk factor for disability.
Cognitive impairment, motor impairment, and epilepsy were associated with employment (43%);
Cognitive impairment was also associated with education.