Angela Kiszko and Adrian Strachan love their six-year-old son Oshin, but they don’t want to give him potentially life saving cancer treatments.
The family made national news last week when a West Australian Family Court enforced Oshin’s access to the radiotherapy and chemotherapy treatments, despite their wishes.
Last night they told their side of the story to 60 Minutes.
“I don’t understand it, and I’ve said that to the oncologist,” Kiszko said. “I said, ‘If I could understand your treatment I’d be for it, but I just, in my head I cannot understand it.”
Oshin's mother, Angela Kiszko. Source: 60 Minutes.
When asked what she didn't understand, Kiszko continued, "They're treating cancer with a carcinogenic. Or two carcinogenics. It doesn't make sense to me and I find it really difficult to see that that's called a treatment."
Oshin has been diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a fast growing, high grade and invasive malignant tumour located in his brain in December last year.
And while the surgery that followed shortly after went well, it was in the months that followed that all of the problems began.
While waiting to know the outcome of the surgery, Kiszko and Strachan began treating their son with herbal therapies and looking into alternative treatments overseas.