Aug 20, 2012 - 1:16 am
My Mom (78 yrs old)was diagnosed with Stage 4 OC in February of this year. Her CA125 marker was high and they started her on 6 cycles of Chemo which she completed in June. It made her very weak and gave her no appetite. The Dr's ruled out any De bulking surgery because of her fragile state. She ended up in a Cancer treatment hospital were surgeons inserted a PEG tube into her stomach to drain the built up bile that was giving her so much discomfort of nausea and bloating. As soon as she had most of the built up fluid removed she felt like a new person. After the Gynoc team reviewed her case and told her the Chemo really hasn't reduced the size of the tumors (Numerous masses in the peritoneum and ovaries) they sent her home in Hospice care and gave us a prognosis of no more then 2 months. She accepted this and has been amazing with her positive attitude and calmness.... It has now been 9 weeks and she is starting to get her appetite back an getting a little stronger. She was also diagnosed with a perforated bowl (put her on antibiotics)in June and was told to live on liquids for the remaining short life she had left...she is trying solid foods and having no real side effects to speak of. She has never taken any pain meds since they prescribed them to her upon leaving the Cancer center.
Since she was doing so remarkably well the Dr checked her CA125 and it was now 45. Even though de bulking is out of the question (too much pain and possible no survival in her present state)I wondering if there are any survivors out here that have beat the same odds and what have you done?