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Noah Stacy was a no-show for his chemotherapy appointment on Thursday. The 15-year-old boy from Katy, diagnosed as terminally-ill with cancer, is making a tough decision to suspend chemotherapy and try an alternative treatment.
“I have osteosarcoma cancer,” Noah tells FOX 26 News reporter Andrea Watkins. “Stage four cancer.”
Noah is home with his family on hospice care. He is bedridden, and plays video games for activity, but even that tires him out.
“His cancer has metastasized everywhere,” says Noah’s father Jason. “It’s behind his eye. It’s on the membrane around his brain.”
Noah went through five chemotherapy treatments that he says have only made him feel worse. Even though his doctors at Texas Children’s Hospital planned a lower chemotherapy dose on Thursday morning, Noah just said no.
“I want to take the natural approach,” Noah says. “Eat just green vegetables. Everything green.”
Noah and his parents, Jason and Amy, have met people who say they’ve overcome stage four cancer by supercharging their immune system. After a week of a new diet and some supplements, Noah has started to feel more energy. Food doesn’t have to be green to be on the menu, but it does have to be high in nutrition.
“I’ve had oranges, strawberries, and lemons, with beets, ginger, and kale and it tastes good,” says Noah.
According to Noah’s parents, even with chemotherapy, doctors say Noah’s prognosis is grave. His parents ask what harm can it do to try a different treatment?
“Anytime we ask how much time we have with him, you can see the emotion in their eyes,” his father says. “It just drops because they have had no success.”
Noah says he was supposed to be taking a trip to Disneyland this weekend, courtesy of the Children’s Miracle Network, but that he told them, not right now. He wants to spend his time and energy on a treatment he hopes might save his life. His parents back him 100 percent.
“It’s very difficult to think I wont have my son in six months,” Jason says.
Amy adds, “Even if he doesn’t make it through this, I’d rather he have a good next six months being happy and energetic, instead of being dragged down by chemotherapy.”
Noah hopes to be a survivor against all odds. He’d love to show his growing amount of Facebook followers that their prayers are being answered, and that chemo is not the only way.
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