Sep 23, 2005 - 6:58 am
I am a 2 year survivor of OC. 2 years ago I had Carboplatin to shrink the tumour before surgery. Last year I had surgery and chemo Carboplatin/Taxol after which my CA125 was down to 10. After six months remission CA125 began to rise, ct scan and other tests shows a tumour next to my bowel. Surgery is too dangerous as the tumour is to close to bowel and I have already had major complicated surgery. I have been advised to have chemo Carboplatin/Taxol every 3 weeks for 3 cycles to shrink tumour. Chemo will not get rid of the tumour just shrink it back hopefully and give me more time. I wonder if it is worth it because the chemo will make me ill for months and may not work, if it does work the tumour will just start to grow again after chemo. Chemo causes problems with my blood counts and platelets, in the past I have needed blood transfusions and epo injections, so they won't be able to keep me on chemo for long periods. I am feeling fine at the moment and enjoying life. Does anyone know of any other treatment available? I would be interested to hear how others have got on with chemo given to control the cancer. I don't want to give in to this, I am a fighter. All advice would be appreciated. I live in the UK. Thank you.