Sierra Riddle, whose 3-year-old son Landon was diagnosed with leukemia, has chosen cannabis over the chemotherapy treatment given by doctors. She will have to deal with Child Protective Services, who will investigate the Colorado Springs mom’s choice as a type of abuse and neglect.
“Within three months, we could all see that chemo was killing Landon,” said Riddle. “He would vomit like 50 times a day. No pharmaceuticals would stop it.”
She discovered an alternative medicine, cannabis oil, which was better and more cost-effective. However, doctors are against Riddle’s decision and still suggest many more years of chemotherapy.
Back in August, Riddle said she would do whatever it took to make sure that Landon “gets to have that relief and have that quality of life he deserves.”
Within weeks of using medical marijuana, Riddle says she and her family have seen improvements in Landon’s health.
KRDO NewsChannel 13 tried to contact the Children’s Hospital Colorado for their point of view on medicinal marijuana and using it to treat cancer patients. In a statement, here’s what the hospital had to say in response:
Out of respect for patient privacy, Children’s Hospital Colorado cannot provide specific information. However, Children’s Colorado can provide the following information from Stephen Hunger, MD, Director, Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, Children’s Hospital Colorado:
- Childhood cancer remains the leading cause of death by disease among children in the U.S.
- About 25 percent of childhood cancers are acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL).
- The survival rate for children with ALL treated on Children’s Oncology Group ALL research trials is over 90 percent.
- This is attained with 2 to 3 years of chemotherapy.
- Children’s Hospital Colorado is one of the largest centers in the country that treats children with ALL.
- For more information visit www.childrenscolorado.org