Aug 01, 2011 - 9:46 pm
What a relief it is to find this discussion board. I'm a college professor in Cincinnati, Ohio, and my mother was diagnosed with Stage IIIC PPC a few weeks ago. My mother's not one to ask a tremendous number of questions of her doctors, so I was hoping I could repeat here what the doctor said to her, and see whether or not you think this sounds as hopeful as I do.
After her hysterectomy, the doctor told my mother's husband that he actually "had difficulty finding the cancer," and that it was "not as invasive as he'd originally thought." After the pathology results came back, he told my mother, "I'm confident that I removed all the cancer during the surgery, and it had not moved beyond your abdominal cavity. And if there's any left, the chemo should take care of it. There's always a chance for this type of cancer to recur, but I'm confident that we have this taken care of." This guy is supposedly the top gyn/onc in Cincinnati, so in demand that he rotates around almost all of the major hospitals in the city.
Now, despite it being Stage IIIC, does this sound optimistic? Of course, the words do, but I made the horrible mistake of looking up the prognosis for this cancer on the web, and nearly fainted. I lost my father to a heart attack just nine months ago; I'd like to believe that my mother will be around for a bit longer. From other threads on this forum, I've taken heart that many of you are struggling valiantly with this illness, and leading full lives, and that with the right kinds of treatment, this disease can become a chronic but manageable condition.
She begins her first round of chemo on August 11th. I look forward to whatever insight or thoughts any of you can provide.
Best wishes to you all.