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Tampa boy to resume court-ordered chemotherapy

A judge mandated the first phase of chemotherapy for Noah McAdams after his parents fought to seek alternative treatments for the boy's cancer.

TAMPA, Fla. — Chemotherapy treatment will resume Thursday for a toddler battling cancer.

On Wednesday, a Hillsborough County judge ordered the parents of a Noah McAdams with cancer must get him chemotherapy. The judge is mandating the first phase of chemotherapy for the 3-year-old boy. It’s expected to last 28 days.

According to Florida law, when it’s a situation of life or death, the state can mandate medical treatment for a child.

Doctors diagnosed McAdams with leukemia last month and he has been through one round of chemotherapy at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. His parents believed the chemotherapy would do more harm than good, so they took him to Kentucky to look for alternative treatments.

McAdams’ parents wanted to use things like CBD oil, fresh foods and Alkaline water.

The Florida Department of Children and Families gave McAdams to his grandparents and then left it up to a judge to decide what kind of treatment he should get.

The judge heard from three doctors and decided chemotherapy is McAdam’s best option.

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