While on chemo, Bland-Ball said Noah had “vicious mood swings” that made him violent and emotional. “He also started to lose his hair right away after the first treatment,” Bland-Ball told ABC 13.
McAdams argued that after Noah ended chemo and continued receiving homeopathic remedies, he was “completely back to normal,” which only added to their belief that a more natural treatment path was working.
“We want him to be treated with something that has less side effects,” Bland-Ball said. “Chemotherapy is so brutal on a body.”
In truth, it is. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), cancer cells grow fast, and chemo drugs, which are administered intravenously, attempt to kill the bad cells quickly. But as the drugs circulate throughout the body, they often kill off healthy cells too — cells that help the heart, kidneys, lungs, and nervous system function (to name a few).
“Doctors try to give chemo at levels high enough to treat cancer, while keeping side effects at a minimum,” an article on the ACS site reassures. “They also try to avoid using multiple drugs that have similar side effects.”
Watching a 3-year-old endure the intense treatment has to be heartbreaking, especially when you consider that chemotherapy during childhood has been linked to other health problems in patients later on in life. Still, chemo has been credited for saving millions of lives since it was first introduced in the 1940s.