Jul 10, 2012 - 8:44 pm
This is the message I got from my gyn/surgeon in response to questions I asked about my current situation. I had been in remission since my initial cancer treatment and now have a 1x2 inch tumor near my liver. I asked if I am now considered to have recurrent ovarian cancer, why no surgery, why Tamoxifen?
"Yes you have a recurrence. Tamoxifen is a reasonable choice if you are having no symptoms as it has virtually no side effects. The other option is not to do anything at this time and allow the cancer to grow some before starting any chemotherapy. Sounds odd but it is actually a reasonable way to manage ovarian cancer.... Basically wait until it becomes symptomatic.... Your cancer is not and it may take many months or perhaps years to become symptomatic. Surgery not an option, it will not change the course of the cancer, only keep you in the hospital for a week and recovery for 6 weeks with no benefit... So makes no sense.
I guess it is relatively good news considering...
I just wanted to ask him some questions before I see my onc on Thursday and make a decision about treatment.