Nick Cannon Ruled Out Chemotherapy To Treat 5-Month-Old Son’s Brain Cancer: I Didn’t Want Him To Suffer

Nick Cannon Ruled Out Chemotherapy To Treat 5-Month-Old Son’s Brain Cancer: I Didn’t Want Him To Suffer

Nick Cannon and the mother of his deceased infant son had a tough call to make in regards to the infant’s condition.

Entertainment mogul Nick Cannon opened up a bit more about the death of his 5-mont-old son Zen Cannon. Baby Zen succumbed to brain cancer earlier this month. Nick told a source that he and Zen’s mother, Alyssa Scott, decided against chemotherapy and other treatments because they wanted the infant to be comfortable in his last days.

Of their difficult decision, Nick said:

“We started asking, ‘Is there a way to prevent this? If not, how long do we have?”

He continued:

“The conversations quickly turned to, ‘How can we give him the best life for the time that he does have?’?It could be weeks, it could be months, it could be years.”

He went on:

“We were having quality-of-life conversations. 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.”

He thought about his own experiences with chemotherapy, which he uses to treat his lupus:

“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.”

When Zen was just 2-months-old, Nick and Alyssa scheduled a doctor’s appointment after noticing that his breathing was stuffy. After a series of tests, he was diagnosed with brain cancer.

Alyssa Scott

Shortly after the diagnosis, Zen had a shunt placed in his skull to drain some fluid. Sadly, the brain tumors would continue to rapidly increase in size.

Alyssa Scott with Zen

Over the Thanksgiving holiday, his condition worsened. On Dec. 5, Zen passed away at only 5-months-old. He’d just spent a peaceful trip to the beach with his parents.

Nick managed to host his self-titled talk show two days after his son’s untimely passing. Trying his absolute best to keep the tears from rolling, he announced that he’d lost Zen and explained the circumstances of his death.

Have you–or someone you know–been in a situation similar to Nick’s? Leave us a comment and let us know.


Authored by: Roganí Araya