I know that there are a lot of topics like this but I am impatient to read them all, and also believe that all cases are different. My mom has an advanced ovarian cancer with metastasis on her bladder, liver, lymph nodes etc (scattered in her stomach). It was first diagnosed in september 2006, and only short time in 2009 she was in a remission. She has been through a lot of different chemos after her ovaries were removed, and even in some ineffective clinical trial. Currently, she is dealing with annoying and unpleasant malignant ascites. She is having paracentesis (drainage) very often. In addition, she has lympedema in her leg (sometimes in both legs, it changes, have no idea how) and because both of problems she can't move. She also lost weight and will for anything. She is constantly not in the mood and has a terrible pain- which makes things worse. Her doctor literally dismissed her, actually told us that my mom is fading away, and doesn't even want to suggest anything for our last hope. Mom has been given albumin 2 x per week, for 3 weeks this month, and she is taking Alkeran (which is very very weak cytostatic drug). Also we are trying to improve her immune system with homeopathic ISCADOR injections even if it was only a placebo.
We are five- member family that lives in Serbia (former Yugoslavia) and do not have enough money for treatments in some private clinic abroad. I have read about avastin and removab (catumaxomab) but we can't afford the complete dosage (therapy). I don't know if there is a way to have a discount. ..Oh and an important thing- Removab and Avastin are not registered in Serbia nor in neighboring countries (Croatia etc) for the tretment of ovarian cancer, which complicates things. Can you please please help me somehow with your experiences? I've heard about topotecan, doxil, gemzar, but experiences are different, and not promissing...
I understand this is an awful disease, but I just want mom to be resent in important parts of lives of my sisters and mine
Thank you very much in advance