Feb 28, 2013 - 3:57 pm
I had surgery last week--what I guess you could call a combo laparoscopy/laparotomy. This was after the end in Dec. 2012 of my chemo on carboplatin/Taxol, a PET scan that potentially showed only scar tissue remaining, and a decline of my CA 125 number to 23 as of Feb. 11.
On completion of the surgery, the surgeon said he could see no more cancer but would reserve final judgment until the pathology report came in. The path report is now in, and the surgeon was wrong. Three of the six sites biopsied came back cancerous.
So after being elated at the end of chemo and at the apparent return of some hair on my head, and after looking forward to N.E.D. status, I'm apparently headed back for more chemo. The surgeon has suggested another 3-4 months on Taxol/carboplatin, toward the end of which they'd add Avastin to the mix. Then I'd continue for perhaps another 6 months on Avastin.
I'm wondering what other PPC patients have experienced on Avastin. I've seen the dire warnings on the mfr's site, and also the encouraging news there have been some positive recent results with Avastin for ovarian cancer. I've also read the newspaper reports about the withdrawal of FDA approval for Avastin for other cancers.
So I'm wondering how others with PPC have done on Avastin. I've started to search this forum for Avastin references but haven't found much detail yet. Would appreciate hearing about your Avastin experience. THANKS!
For more on my surgery, you can check out www.CaringBridge.org/visit/CaroleSeaton if you want.