May 13, 2012 - 12:55 pm
new to this forum..my mother was diagnosed with ovarian cancer about 6 months ago. she underwent 6 rounds of chemo therapy and a surgery to remove the tumor. things were looking good till a month or so back, when her ca 125 levels were slightly elevated. after a CT scan they found some nodules in the lung, and pleural effusion. the presence of fluid was highly uncomfortable for her, we got it drained and performed chemo therapy with caelyx. however, even though in the past she has responded well to this drug, it did not stop the pleural effusion. so they drained all the fluid and injected her with bleomycin. one of the consultants is suggesting use of gemzar with caelyx, and the other says use of avastin is better, for the next round of chemo therapy. both are giving conflicting opinions.
has anybody had previous experience with any of these drugs, gemzar or avastin? and how was your experience? my understanding is that avastin has several side effects, does anybody have any experience with it?
any and all answers will be appreciated..really confused and need some help making an informed decision..
thank you so much