Jan 31, 2013 - 5:14 pm
I am writing on behalf of my partner, who is female and was diagnosed with cancer of the ovaries approximately 7 years ago whilst pregnant.
After delaying treatment to protect the baby she had an operation to remove the ovaries/tumour followed by a course of chemotherapy. She has been in remission ever since.
On 29th August (2012) last year, the day before her 42nd birthday, she was diagnosed with Chronic Lymphatic Leukaemia. It was in the advanced stages of III/IV with an enlarged spleen.
Unbeknown at the time but a tumour had developed in her spine and brain.
She started her course of chemotherapy of fludarubine on 3rd September.
Her second course of chemotherapy commenced on 8th October.
She reacted badly to both sessions of chemo.
There were no improvements on her blood counts and her spleen remained swollen.
She had a splenectomy on 7th December.
A third round of chemo with a biological agent was planned.
However, prior to this an MRI scan was carried out on the 10th Januray 2013. The tumours (especially in the brain) had grown at a rapid rate.
She was now informed of the tumours and told they were life threatening. The tumour on her brain could not be completely removed by surgery and there was a high risk of leaving her paralysed and/or blind. The tumour would inevitably grow back.
She was informed that chemotherapy alone would not be enough. She was left with the decision of quantity versus quality of life. She has now refused all further treatment and has decided to let nature take its course. Her prognosis is 6-12 months left of life.
I appreciate the above is a brief profile and I’ve tried to write it as emotionless as I can. Would anybody have any advice, suggestions in short any ideas on what we could do?
I am unsure how the leukaemia has caused these tumours and I am not sure what tumours they are except to say the one in the brain is at the back of the skull.