Jan 14, 2013 - 5:58 pm
I write because my 63 year old mother in law was told last week that her PPC is back. She has a peanut size tumor in the abdominal cavity, between the main vein and the aorta.
She was initially diagnosed with this in the summer of 2010, and went through eight months of super agressive chemo, plus it took her forever to recover from that. She just got to feeling "normal" again, and feels healthy, but during the holidays, they found the new tumor.
Her doctor has had a bunch of test done, including the PET scan and told her it is definitely back and they may not even know of other smaller tumors which may be growing. My husband and his sister are having a horrible time accepting this, and as a mother i can imagine how hard it must be for her to get these news.
She will begin radiation therapy next week, but I'm wondering if that works. Everything i've read about this doesnt really seem to show that radiation works... Are they doing this so that we can have time to adjust to the news while the treatment happens? She will have 25 sessions total, 5 days a week for 5 weeks.
I sit here wondering what comes next. In the worst case, how long will she have until she starts feeling sick? and what will that mean? will she be in pain? Does the cancer take over all the organs in her body and they each start shutting down?
Also, does anyone know if stem cell transplants have worked for this type of cancer? I have my 4 year old son's stem cells saved in a bank...
Thanks for the help. In this society where we no longer see our friends and family that often, at least I think this will help.