May 03, 2013 - 12:09 am
Hi ladies. I wanted to update you all on my Mom after all the great advice you gave me. My sisters and I went with her to her oncologist appointment this morning. It all went as you said it would. Her cancer is stage 1, but because of type (serous) she will have the sandwich method treatment: 3 chemo, 3 weeks apart; 3 internal radiation and then 3 chemo to finish up. He told us there is a 90 % cure rate if she follows this plan. Not sure I believe that, but heck, he's the highly experienced chair of his department at a world class cancer hosptial - and it made Mom feel better to hear. He said recurrance would be between a 40-45% chance if she does nothing so that's a no brainer. So, so so glad we got a third opinion. It was a bit disturbing though that we could tell he never read through her records completely though. He was talking about "scans to determine if the cancer is in her lymph nodes, etc. and a possibe second surgery." I was like... she had a gyn/onc do the staging with lymph nodes, omentum, etc., during her hysterectomy. We know the cancer was no where else. He was surprised and all. Proof again that you always need to take someone with you to these types of appointments! My mom was in a fog - she would have just said yes. But I know we are just there for treatment and it is the best location for my Mom!! So basically she is feeling better tonight, but was completely devastated all day. I do have a few more questions if you guys would be so kind to share your experience. Is the Taxol/Carbo horrible? Did you have bad side effects? How about the 3 internal radiation? Did you lose your hair (this seems to be bothering her most )? Were you bedridden or did you keep some regular activities? I guess overall I just want to be prepared. Also, any suggestions on wigs?
We start treatment a week from next Thursday. We will be there with her through it all and in my heart I know she will be fine. I told her I will stay positive for her!! I also want to add I pray daily for you all!! Sincerely, Ali