Sep 20, 2012 - 12:01 pm
My 80-year-old Mom was diagnosed with primary peritoneal cancer last October. After treatments with Carboplatin and Taxiteer she had a successful partial hysterectomy laparoscopically. Her fallopian tubes and ovaries were removed but her uterus was partially fused to her bladder. More treatments after that and CA-125 was down to 6 and all evidence showed cells were dead. Three months later CA-125 us up to 142 and there are signs of disease in her CT scan. She is very weak, also has Parkinson's and struggles with memory, dizzieness, and low blood pressure.
Now we are faced with the decision to begin Doxil. We are at a loss. She depends on me so much to make decisions and I don't know where to start. My 43-year-old brother with Down Syndrome moved in with me suddenly last October when she went to the hospital, I have 2 children, one just started college, I have a homeless 18-year old living with me (my son's friend) and a full time job as a Managing Director. I lie awake at night solving these things but I can't find much on PPC and especially treatment for elderly and weak persons. She had 2 trips to the ER during treatment--for severe dehydration and a UTI and the a fall where she broke 6 ribs--a 2-month ordeal with a long hospital stay and rehab. We are told the return growth might be slow and that the treatments might be very hard on her. What to do? She just barely recovers strength and then goes for more treatment. She is consdiering the treatment thought because her memory of issues she has had in the past are not vivid (my memory is much stronger of course). The decision is hers but I am so worried that the treatment might be worse than the disease. I wonder how long it will take to spread? I am told the top of the omentum is thickening and there is like a pea sized tumor in her abdomen. This is the first sight I have seen with a separate area for PPC! That is very encouraging. If there is anyone out there with some wisdom or thoughts to share I would be so grateful.