Apr 06, 2010 - 5:11 pm
Hello out there ...
I was wondering if anyone would like to share their experience if they have had surgery/hipec procedure . I have stage IV colon cancer that recently mets to my ovaries. In Feb I had the hipec procedure and am coming to the end of my recovery. It was an ordeal , to be sure , and probably not for the weak of heart , but I wanted to buy myself some time . I have been on chemo every week for 3 years and at that point it mets to my left ovary. My local oncologist referred me to another city in our state where I was accepted as a good candidate for the hipec, nicknamed shake and bake. I know nothing is etched in stone with us but the surgical oncologist said post-op I would be able to lead a semi-normal life and take a break from chemo . This was very appealing to me . As you all can imagine , it has been a rough 3 years .The surgeon went on to say that chemo wouldn't really work anymore because it cannot penetrate the peritoneal cavity.He preferred to monitor me from now on by Pet scan at 6mos., 9 mos. etc. I was downright shocked when I returned to my local oncologist and he wanted me to start a possible 1 year regimine of chemo. Now I know I could get a third opinion but I am told not every hospital or surgeon does hipec and I would most likely have to go out of state for one , which may not be possible at this time. Has anyone else had this done and did you continue on with chemo post -op ?? I was told that it is still considered colon cancer and it was not ovarian cancer . They just removed my ovaries and nothing else . My uterous seemed fine but there were cancerous cells floating in the peritoneal cavity , which of course , is what the shake and bake is all about . That is my saga . I would appreciate any info , comments , really anything ...I am new to discussion boards so bear with me !!