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Nick Cannon Speaks About Not Pursuing Chemotherapy for Late Son Zen

Nick Cannon Speaks About Not Pursuing Chemotherapy for Late Son Zen

Last week, Nick Cannon made the tragic announcement that his infant son with Alyssa Scott, Zen, 5 months, had passed away from brain cancer.

At two months, Zen was diagnosed with a high-grade glioma, a rare and aggressive form of brain cancer.

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“We started asking, ‘Is there a way to prevent this?,” Nick told People. “If not, how long do we have?’ The conversations quickly turned to, ‘How can we give him the best life for the time that he does have?’‚ÄČIt could be weeks, it could be months, it could be years.”

“We were having quality-of-life conversations,” he added. “We could have had that existence where he would’ve had to live in the hospital, hooked up to machines, for the rest of the time.”

“From someone who’s had to deal with chemotherapy before, I know that pain. To see that happen to a 2-month-old, I didn’t want that. I didn’t want him to suffer,” Nick said. If you don’t know, Nick has Lupus and has undergone chemotherapy in the past himself.

Nick then continued that he and Alyssa decided to keep their son “as happy as he could possibly be” in his final months.

“He was gasping for air,” Nick said. “We’d wake up, and he wouldn’t be breathing for maybe five to 10 seconds at a time, and then he’d let out a huge gasp. You could see it frightened him. It was the scariest thing I’ve ever experienced.”

Our continued thoughts are with Alyssa and Nick and their loved ones during this time.

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