Jan 12, 2014 - 3:24 pm
My Mom was diagnosed with Primary Peritoneal in June of 2013. She had gone in for a routine physical and asked for a annual exam which hadn't been done in two years because her Dr. didn't feel as though she needed one the previous year. Mom is 60 years old and beat breast cancer 19 years ago. Anyway, those labs came back abnormal. One thing led to another and she wound up with having a hysterectomy with a Gynecological Oncologist...just in case. The surgeon who performed that surgery proclaimed there was no cancer and Mom would be fine. A week later we got the call that the pathologist disagreed. Although there was no visibile disease there were cells consistent with Primary Peritoneal in her ovaries, fallopian tube and her omentum - Stage 3 they called it. No surgery was recommended as the disease could not be seen my the naked eye. In June we started Carboplatin and taxol...six treatments. Her CA 125 numbers fell to the lower teens but before the last treatment they had started to inch up again. Dr. told us not to worry since it was still within normal limits. She got a break from treatment from October to December when we she had a CT scan and labs again. Her CA 125 is up to 345 and her scan shows several small masses that were not there before. They masses are primarily in her belly but there is also concern over the lymph nodes in her chest. She is set to begin an unknown number of treatments with Doxil. The Dr. and all that we have read about this drug scares the crud out of us. Can anyone offer any insight/experpience with recurrance? And, please give us some idea what to expect from Doxil?
Thanks so much,