Jul 02, 2012 - 1:36 am
I have been posting and lurking on these boards for a long time now. My mum's original diagnosis was UPSC stage IIIC grade 3 in November 2010. She was given the all clear July 2011 and the cancer came back in the supraclavicular and para aortic lymph nodes within 3 months.
Following this mum decided she didn't want to do any more chemo and started a radical alternative therapy for almost a year and has recently found out that the cancer has spread and is now in palliative care. I asked her if she wanted to do chemo but she doesn't and I respect her choice - the doctors are also not recommending it as it was no longer curative following the recurrence in October 2011 and would just be prolonging the inevitable. She is probably too weak for it now anyway and it would just make her more sick, I have seen what chemo does to the wonderful ladies on this board. I know a lot of you would not follow an alternative therapy, however I think they are wonderful. They provided her hope when western medicine couldn't provide any. She was happy and healthy for the last year instead of sick and bald. Chemo would not have been worth it for the few extra months she might have gained.
For those of you interested in palliative care she has had the ascites drained once and a catheter put in and subsequently removed (they are horrible things you can hardly walk around with them). She is taking a low dose of morphine each day and some steroids which have helped with appetite etc dramatically, I recommend the steroids to anyone in pallaitive care who has any nausea and finds it hard to eat.
Thank you to all of the ladies who have provided me and my family with assistance over the years. My mum is far too young to be taken from us, not even 60 yet, UPSC is unforunately one of those cancers that nothing can stop if it has gotten to a certain stage.
I wish you all the best of luck in your journey.