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Brain tumour boy can be given radiotherapy against mother’s wishes, court says

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e8696 (Published 27 December 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e8696
  1. Clare Dyer
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A 7 year old boy who has had surgery for a brain tumour can be given radiotherapy against his mother’s wishes, a High Court judge has ruled.

Neon Roberts was at the centre of a High Court battle over whether he should have a second bout of surgery followed by radiotherapy, both of which his mother, Sally Roberts, opposed.

She went into hiding with Neon, who had an operation to remove the medulloblastoma in October, because she feared the possible side effects of radiotherapy such as a reduced IQ and …

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