Mar 26, 2011 - 9:13 am
I have been diagnosed at UPSC 4B by my doctor (though pathologist is of the opinion that it's ovarian 3C).
In general, ovarian patients are not getting radiation as part of the front line therapy for extra security measure. When the chemo is over, if the patient goes into remission, they go into surveillance mode with out further treatment.
however, I hear that UPSC patients are getting radiation treatment after successful chemo treatment (meaning, CA125 normal, and no visible sign on CT or PET scan).
I had sub optimal debulking, and cancer nodules were spread all over the pelvic/abdominal areas (nothing beyond diaphragm, and nothing in the liver). My gyn onc does not think I should get whole abdominal/pelvic radiation since the risk of such an extensive area for radiation is beyond threshold. A good friend of mine, who is a ob/gyn in Manhattan is of the same opinion. But, she will connect me with Mt Sinai and/or Sloan Kettering doctors for second opinion.
Is there anyone who got a whole ab/pelvic radiation? If so, what was your doctor's opinion about the risk? How many weeks of radiation did you get? How long was each session? Any serious side effects?
I am done 2/3 of the chemo now, but I would like to have all the facts and opinions so that in case I need radiation therapy, I can make a decision and follow through right after the chemo is over (early May) rather wasting a couple of weeks in between chemo and radiation.
Thank you in advance for your kind help.