Nov 27, 2012 - 10:25 am
three months ago, my mom, 74 yrs old, went into the ER with bloating and was diagnsed with PPC. I feel like my life suddenly stopped as the doctor was giving us the news and now I live in some kind of cruel existance, parallel to everyone else. To date, we completed 3 rounds of chemo after which she got severe neuropathy in her lower exremities and her hands/fingers, having to completely rely on myself and my sister for everything. Also seems that her mild dementia has gotten much worse. But her markers came down from 1,000 to 250. we saw the surgeon last week and he said the new CT showed some tumors and he could do debulking, but after many hours of deliberation between myself, my sister and my husband (who's a surgical resident and has seen many cases when things go completely wrong) we decided to take our chances with just the continuation of chemo. I'm wondering if there's anyone out there with a similar situation, who's chosen again surgery? the doctors say that without surgery, we don't have much time,which makes it hard to hope for something positive. My husband and I have also waited a long time to start a family and now are scared because we don't what our future is. thank you for reading everyone and I do hope there's someone out there who can shine a glimmer of hope having taken a similar no-surgery route.