I found this site, while trying to find more info on Peritoneal cancer.
My mom was informed at the end of June last year, that she had Peritoneal Cancer. I feel like I/we have been running ever since.I feel like we landed in a made for TV movie. There was no cancer in our family until a couple of years ago. One of my Aunts got diagnosed with Breast Cancer, and cancer in her lymph-nodes. Her cancer is in remission now. Then this happened to my mom. My mom is 67, she does not smoke or drink, she eats pretty health and she is somewhat active. So this cancer diagnoses came out of the blue.
My Brother moved her out of her place and she moved in with him because she needed to start chemo asap. She had fluid around her stomach, and was having a hard time breathing. It was scary. She had to have fluid removed 3 x's during a 1 month.
While she was living with my brother, I was looking for a place for my mom and I, because I knew she wanted to live with me. The type of work I do (work with HIV Positive people), I understand the medical stuff a bit more than my brother does. Even so, I still do not understand this cancer as much as I feel I need to, in order to give my mom the support she needs. The nurses and NP's at my job, and the cancer resource center has help me and my mom a lot.
So now my mom has had 3 rounds of chemo, surgery and 3 more rounds of chemo. My mom is a tuff woman, and is always up beat, she even looks pretty good bald. She took the chemo really well, it so far has only made her very tired. The last scan she had , the doc went over at her appt on 12/28/11. She said they could not detect any cancer , and what was left of the mass was gone.
So now she needs to make a decision about what is next. She can either do maintenance chemo for a year, once a month, or not do chemo, and have them monitor her to see if the cancer comes back.
I feel like I/we need to talk to the Doc more, I am a little confused on the rate of this stuff coming back
Wondering if anyone else has had to make this decision?
I know we all heal a little different, depending on many different factors.
Would like to get an Ideal how others have done with this cancer.