Feb 25, 2011 - 3:17 pm
I don't get it. Our friend Gerri, has finally been dianosed. After a couple months of saying peritoneal cancer, her debulking surgery and labs confirmed stage 4 ovarian. Gerri has lost 40 pounds since she first starting feeling "off" in November. The tumor was fast growing. It was not seen on any scan in December and by January was the size of a golf ball. It was wrapped around her intestines. Several feet of large and small intestine were removed along with the tumor, her one remaining ovary and her omentum. She has had constant diarrhea since and now has malnutrition and dehydration. The doctors say her ileum is reacting to the surgery and have placed her on "binding" medicines. The doctors cannot start chemo until she regains some weight and strength. Despite this, her doctor told her she has a 100% chance of a cure after her 26 weeks of chemo followed by avastin. How can he say this? Gerri is of course, very relieved. The rest of us are certain he means she will have a remission period at that time. Do you think the doctor is trying to keep her hope up and feels that is the information she should go with? Or is it cruel to suggest after 26 weeks she will be cancer free and cured for years? Will she be crushed when she has to restart a chemo treatment? Most of you seem to almost take ongoing treatments in stride. What were you told in the beginning? We are a close group of friends who have spent hours upon hours on line in search of help and knowledge for Gerri. We need to know what she needs to know.