Jun 10, 2010 - 4:13 am
Hello to all the ladies who has peritoneal cancer.
About January 2010 I met a friend who was in denial that she had this deadly cancer. Initially she thought she had ovarian stage IV cancer. Her numbers (ca-125) were 14,000 and she claimed that taking alkaline supplements brought her numbers down to 7. She refused her doctors' advice to have surgery. I just couldn't believe that supplements brought her down to a 7! After posing questions to her, I found out that along with the supplements she WAS also receiving carbo/taxol chemo. (I knew it!)
Initially her cat-scans showed signs of tumors everywhere and her doctor wanted to reduce them before giving her the debulking surgery. He had no idea that once her tumors were shrunken, that she would deny the surgery. (I know).
Her next visit with the doctor would be in May 2010. I told her this is way too long without surgery. But she refused. Her doctor called her everyday to no avail.
Well, I just got a call from her that her numbers have jumped to 800 as of February (from 7) now she's in a panic and started chemo again last Friday. The chemo is doxil, cistplastin and avastin? (I believe?)
She is actually considering surgery (praise God)
She had questions for me that I know nothing about, so if ANYONE can help with answers I would greatly appreciate it as this is just too much for her to absorb at this time.
#1. What is abnormal uptake?
I know it's a lot but I really help want to help my friend. I think her initial decision to deny surgery was based on her religious belief.
I asked her "then why did you take the chemo?" And she said "because I didn't want to die."
I told her that if she DIDN'T have this surgery soon what did she think would happen? It being the source of her cancer? She didn't answer so, I'm hoping to nudge her by helping to inform her about this disease.
Again, I thank anyone with any type of info.