I am from Germany so please forgive me for mistakes in language and terminology.
My mom got diagnosed with Peritoneal Cancer that originated in Ovarian Cancer.
The ovaries were taken out, as well as the bigger knots of the cancer but it spread everywhere so there is no way to remove it all. We have looked into the HIPEC therapy but were told that she doesn't qualify for it because part of her small intestines had been effected. She has done systemic chemotherapy which she reacted to well. The cancer disappeared but everyone knew it was going to come back. She had a laparoscopy done that confirmed that the cancer cells - though too small to be spotted on an ultra-sound - were still there and growing back.
So now we are waiting for the cancer to grow back. We are told this will take approximately 9 months, then they'll try systemic chemotherapy again. This loop is to be repeated until the chemotherapy doesn't work anymore, at which point my mother will die.
We have talked to a couple of specialists in Germany that all told us this was all that could be done.
Reading entries on this forum I am reading about a lot of medication patients in similar situations are taking. My mom doesn't take anything. So I thought I'd check if doctors in the US handle Peritoneal Cancer differently from the German ones. Does anybody know how I can find out? (I live in Los Angeles, my mom lives in Germany)
Or does anybody have advice on which medication is commonly prescribed for that kind of cancer over here? Or hints as to what research I should do regarding treatment?
Thank you very much for your time!