Dec 07, 2012 - 6:32 pm
Hi. I am a 19 year survivor of ovarian cancer - dx in 1993 (I was 25 years old, and i am 45 now) I had and immature terratoma germ cell tumor, stage 1, grade 3, found in an dermoiod cyst. I was pregant at that time, and went through 3 rounds of chemo - cisplatin, bleomycin and etoposide. I tolerated it well, and have been fine ever since. They say I am cured.
My mother is 73 yo, and was dx last week w/ ovarian cancer, most likely stage IV, as it has seemed to spread all over her abdomen according to cat scans. The surgeon is waiting for final biopsy result, and then thinks chemo first, surgery, then more chemo. We are in waiting mode right now - they sent her home from the hospital to wait for her next appt. in one full week to discuss tx options. Her stomach is HUGELY swollen, she can barely eat, and her abdomen is full of fluid. She was tapped once (2 liters removed) a few days ago, but unless she isn't eating at all , they don't want to do it again. I am terrified for her, but have been finding stories of hope that even stage 4's can get into remission. I just have not read much about others being so full of fluid. And, why is this taking so long? I am just imagining the cancer spreading by the minute while the doctors are doing nothing. We are treating at brigham and womens in Boston, so I know we are in good hands.
Any words of encouragement greatly appreciated. I am a wreck. And if I can encourage anybody else regarding my 19 years of cancer free from my own OC, I would be happy to. According to the onco, what I had, and what my mother has, are two very different things.