Dec 28, 2012 - 6:10 pm
My mother is currently facing the decision of whether or not to have an IP port installed when her debulking surgery takes place in two weeks. We are grappling with this decision because her first 4 chemo treatments (via IV with Carbo/Taxil - not sure if I'm spelling that correctly) went great. Her numbers came way down (1090 to 17) and aside from hairloss she did not experience any negative side affects from the chemo. She actually felt stronger/better than she has in years. She is 72.
She is now having the de-bulking surgery in two weeks and the doctor wants her input on whether or not her next 3 chemo treatmetns will be IV (like the first four) or IP belly port. The doctor is telling her this type of chemo will be very hard for her.
We are of the mindset that she has done so well with the regular IV, why do the belly. The doctor is of the mindset that since she has done so well with the IV, she will probably do well with the IP belly. We need to make a decision within the week.
We would greatly appreciate any input. Stage 4 ovarian.
Many thanks, her daughter, Traci.