Research study on UPSC

Abbycat2
Abbycat2 Member Posts: 644

I have been continuing to read about uterine papillary serous cancer and found this research study helpful in understanding what my prognosis is based on my stage.  Of course, this is statistics and I am well aware that remaining disease free is a matter of chance.  Nevertheless, the article gave me some hope for my future.  When I was first diagnosed, I really thought that I had no chance of surviving this cancer.  I now know that that is not true.  I have found some interesting information on the ASCO site, including how aspirin and statins may reduce uterine cancer recurrence.  If you are interested, you can review the research papers by year and can look up specific uterine cancers, such as clear cell or sarcoma. 

http://meetinglibrary.asco.org/content/100898-114

Wishing you all the very best,

Cathy

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  • debrajo
    debrajo Member Posts: 1,095
    Thanks

    Thanks so much Cathy!  If I read it right, my 1a/1b, with  PCHR {platium based taxol/carbo, and 5 bryanchtheropy}gives me a probable 5 year rate of 94 % survival rate.  Sounds better then the 30/70 maybe I got at first.  I am comming up on 4 1/2 years in Nov.  Did I maybe understand it wrong, do you think?  Thanks again, living in the moment, Debrajo

  • Abbycat2
    Abbycat2 Member Posts: 644
    debrajo said:

    Thanks

    Thanks so much Cathy!  If I read it right, my 1a/1b, with  PCHR {platium based taxol/carbo, and 5 bryanchtheropy}gives me a probable 5 year rate of 94 % survival rate.  Sounds better then the 30/70 maybe I got at first.  I am comming up on 4 1/2 years in Nov.  Did I maybe understand it wrong, do you think?  Thanks again, living in the moment, Debrajo

    You're welcome, Debra

    Yes, the overall survival for stage 1a/1b is 94% for women who received the platinum based chemo and brachytherapy.  I think this means that some of those 6% died from causes other than UPSC.  These statistics suggest that you have a low risk of recurrence, as the 5 year disease free survival in this study was 82%. I think you are in the clear, thank goodness!  

    Take care,

    Cathy

  • Ro10
    Ro10 Member Posts: 1,561
    Abbycat2 said:

    You're welcome, Debra

    Yes, the overall survival for stage 1a/1b is 94% for women who received the platinum based chemo and brachytherapy.  I think this means that some of those 6% died from causes other than UPSC.  These statistics suggest that you have a low risk of recurrence, as the 5 year disease free survival in this study was 82%. I think you are in the clear, thank goodness!  

    Take care,

    Cathy

    Cathy

    this study was from 2012.  I feel they have made progress with UPSC since then.  It  has been 6 years this month since I first  heard those dreaded words" you have Cancer".  It was 5 years in January since I learned I had UPSC.  I have not been " disease free" since my diagnosis.  But I feel I have had good quality of life even with the recurrences.  I know I am one of the lucky  " survivors" diagnosed with stage 3-C.   I hope those statistics improve with the next study they do.  Thanks for sharing.

  • joannewtta
    joannewtta Member Posts: 43
    Ro10 said:

    Cathy

    this study was from 2012.  I feel they have made progress with UPSC since then.  It  has been 6 years this month since I first  heard those dreaded words" you have Cancer".  It was 5 years in January since I learned I had UPSC.  I have not been " disease free" since my diagnosis.  But I feel I have had good quality of life even with the recurrences.  I know I am one of the lucky  " survivors" diagnosed with stage 3-C.   I hope those statistics improve with the next study they do.  Thanks for sharing.

    I was diagnosed with UPSC in June 2013. DiVinchi surgery in July staged at a 3C2 I believe. Followed with 18 carbo and taxol, then 4 bracytherapies. I read about a 36% survival rate. Tomorrow is my third 3month checkup and I want to make sure my oncologist does a CA125. It was 39 after surgery and has continued to go down. In July it was 11. I just turned 69, was average age of UPSC at diagnosis. I feel great but have to admit I get nervous just before a checkup. Ro10 I read and appreciate all your posts along with all the other incredible women posting here. My husband is great but I don't want to talk about being nervous; it just makes him worry more. I want an honest answer from my Dr about survival chances. RO, WHEN WAS YOUR FIRST RECURRANCE?

  • Ro10
    Ro10 Member Posts: 1,561

    I was diagnosed with UPSC in June 2013. DiVinchi surgery in July staged at a 3C2 I believe. Followed with 18 carbo and taxol, then 4 bracytherapies. I read about a 36% survival rate. Tomorrow is my third 3month checkup and I want to make sure my oncologist does a CA125. It was 39 after surgery and has continued to go down. In July it was 11. I just turned 69, was average age of UPSC at diagnosis. I feel great but have to admit I get nervous just before a checkup. Ro10 I read and appreciate all your posts along with all the other incredible women posting here. My husband is great but I don't want to talk about being nervous; it just makes him worry more. I want an honest answer from my Dr about survival chances. RO, WHEN WAS YOUR FIRST RECURRANCE?

    Joanne

    my first recurrence was 18 months after I finished my sandwich treatment of chemo  and radiation.  No symptoms, just CAT scan showing enlarged lymph nodes.  CA -125 was 1700. When I started chemo the second time.  My second recurrence was only 7 months after I finished 3 rounds of taxol/Carbo and 4 rounds of  taxol/ cisplatin.  My marker went to 3200.  Again no symptoms.  cAT scan showed enlarged lymph nodes.  

    Started Aromasin after the third cycle of chemo.   CA-125  was 1582' but CAT scan showed only one enlarged lymph node.  Had the stereotactic radiation to that lymph node.  

    I think they have made a lot of progress with treatment of UPSC.  I don't think the doctor can really tell you about survival rates.  Everyone is different.  As Jan used to always say " we are all a statistic of one".  the doctor told my husband when I was diagnosed that when a recurrence occurs the outlook is poor.  I have proved him wrong.

    when I recurred again after only 7 months, I asked if recurrences would come more frequently.  The nurse practioner said " usually they do".  Again I have proved them wrong.  It's been 29 months since my last chemo.  So don't give up hope.

    it is normal to feel nervous before each check up. Your CA-125 is normal, and you say you feel great.  So find some joy in each day and be appreciative for each day you have.  I am glad you have the support of your husband.

    if you have anymore questions, feel free to ask.  In peace and caring.

  • Abbycat2
    Abbycat2 Member Posts: 644
    Ro10 said:

    Joanne

    my first recurrence was 18 months after I finished my sandwich treatment of chemo  and radiation.  No symptoms, just CAT scan showing enlarged lymph nodes.  CA -125 was 1700. When I started chemo the second time.  My second recurrence was only 7 months after I finished 3 rounds of taxol/Carbo and 4 rounds of  taxol/ cisplatin.  My marker went to 3200.  Again no symptoms.  cAT scan showed enlarged lymph nodes.  

    Started Aromasin after the third cycle of chemo.   CA-125  was 1582' but CAT scan showed only one enlarged lymph node.  Had the stereotactic radiation to that lymph node.  

    I think they have made a lot of progress with treatment of UPSC.  I don't think the doctor can really tell you about survival rates.  Everyone is different.  As Jan used to always say " we are all a statistic of one".  the doctor told my husband when I was diagnosed that when a recurrence occurs the outlook is poor.  I have proved him wrong.

    when I recurred again after only 7 months, I asked if recurrences would come more frequently.  The nurse practioner said " usually they do".  Again I have proved them wrong.  It's been 29 months since my last chemo.  So don't give up hope.

    it is normal to feel nervous before each check up. Your CA-125 is normal, and you say you feel great.  So find some joy in each day and be appreciative for each day you have.  I am glad you have the support of your husband.

    if you have anymore questions, feel free to ask.  In peace and caring.

    I agree, Ro

    I agree, Ro, that this study is old (stats from 1987 to 2009) and much progress has been made in the treatment of UPSC.  Unfortunately, that is usually the case with these research studies.   My oncology nurse said that cancer is basically treated today like a chronic condition.   Also, I remember reading somewhere that in the not so distant past not much was done for women with stage 3 or 4 UPSC disease.  Maybe they got radiation, but probably not chemo.  What I personally liked about this study was that I learned that I at least have a chance of long-term survival; initially I thought I had no chance at all.  I also learned in October (2013) that I had cancer and I am now, one year later, in a much better place. My cancer diagnosis has changed me, mostly in positive ways.  I feel good and am enjoying each and every day and looking forward to new adventures. I leave for a trip with family to the Galapagos Islands next week and I can't wait!  Cancer has made me realize that I only live once and I am going to live it up! 

    Glad to see that you are doing better, Ro, and that you are done with your treatment.   Hopefully, your cough is going away, too, and you are sleeping better.  The weather now in Florida has cooled down and is wonderful. 

    Best wishes,

    Cathy

     

  • ConnieSW
    ConnieSW Member Posts: 1,604 Member
    Abbycat2 said:

    I agree, Ro

    I agree, Ro, that this study is old (stats from 1987 to 2009) and much progress has been made in the treatment of UPSC.  Unfortunately, that is usually the case with these research studies.   My oncology nurse said that cancer is basically treated today like a chronic condition.   Also, I remember reading somewhere that in the not so distant past not much was done for women with stage 3 or 4 UPSC disease.  Maybe they got radiation, but probably not chemo.  What I personally liked about this study was that I learned that I at least have a chance of long-term survival; initially I thought I had no chance at all.  I also learned in October (2013) that I had cancer and I am now, one year later, in a much better place. My cancer diagnosis has changed me, mostly in positive ways.  I feel good and am enjoying each and every day and looking forward to new adventures. I leave for a trip with family to the Galapagos Islands next week and I can't wait!  Cancer has made me realize that I only live once and I am going to live it up! 

    Glad to see that you are doing better, Ro, and that you are done with your treatment.   Hopefully, your cough is going away, too, and you are sleeping better.  The weather now in Florida has cooled down and is wonderful. 

    Best wishes,

    Cathy

     

    Cathy

    Thank you for posting this.  It's the most concise review I've read and only  two years old.  As a 1a, it gives me lots of hope.  Previously I have read that UPSC isn't usually diagnosed in the early stages and many women don't have symptoms.  This study had a lot of 1a, 1 b.  I would love to know how their cancers were discovered.  I had symptoms and a pap showed abnormal cells.  I was lucky.  In addition to decreasing the frequency of paps, the system now is trying to tell us that an annual exam isn't needed for many of us.  Although there isn't supposed to be a hereditary component, I'm grateful my daughter's gyn is choosing to follow her very closely.  You never know what they'll figure out next.  We certainly don't know everything.

  • AWK
    AWK Member Posts: 364
    Anyone out there with UPSC recurrence and platinum resistant?

    i was diagnosed 4/2013 stage IIIC after extensive surgery.  Had six carbo/taxol treatments, 28 radiation and 3 brachytherapy.  Five tumors were found at first three month checkup, all inoperable and only one was able to be safely biopsied.  Had 3 Doxil treatments and follow up scan showed more growth.  Now on avastin plan while awaiting genome testing to identify potential treatment options (non chemo).  Sounds not so great but actually I am working full time and enjoying life.  PS I was 50 when diagnosed.

  • dkdrew
    dkdrew Member Posts: 15
    Ro10 said:

    Joanne

    my first recurrence was 18 months after I finished my sandwich treatment of chemo  and radiation.  No symptoms, just CAT scan showing enlarged lymph nodes.  CA -125 was 1700. When I started chemo the second time.  My second recurrence was only 7 months after I finished 3 rounds of taxol/Carbo and 4 rounds of  taxol/ cisplatin.  My marker went to 3200.  Again no symptoms.  cAT scan showed enlarged lymph nodes.  

    Started Aromasin after the third cycle of chemo.   CA-125  was 1582' but CAT scan showed only one enlarged lymph node.  Had the stereotactic radiation to that lymph node.  

    I think they have made a lot of progress with treatment of UPSC.  I don't think the doctor can really tell you about survival rates.  Everyone is different.  As Jan used to always say " we are all a statistic of one".  the doctor told my husband when I was diagnosed that when a recurrence occurs the outlook is poor.  I have proved him wrong.

    when I recurred again after only 7 months, I asked if recurrences would come more frequently.  The nurse practioner said " usually they do".  Again I have proved them wrong.  It's been 29 months since my last chemo.  So don't give up hope.

    it is normal to feel nervous before each check up. Your CA-125 is normal, and you say you feel great.  So find some joy in each day and be appreciative for each day you have.  I am glad you have the support of your husband.

    if you have anymore questions, feel free to ask.  In peace and caring.

    thank you

    Ro, I just want to say thank you for continueing to post your journey here. You are such an inspiration. I read about all that you've gone through and it gives me such hope and I'm sure I'm not alone in that!

    Kathy

     

  • Abbycat2
    Abbycat2 Member Posts: 644
    AWK said:

    Anyone out there with UPSC recurrence and platinum resistant?

    i was diagnosed 4/2013 stage IIIC after extensive surgery.  Had six carbo/taxol treatments, 28 radiation and 3 brachytherapy.  Five tumors were found at first three month checkup, all inoperable and only one was able to be safely biopsied.  Had 3 Doxil treatments and follow up scan showed more growth.  Now on avastin plan while awaiting genome testing to identify potential treatment options (non chemo).  Sounds not so great but actually I am working full time and enjoying life.  PS I was 50 when diagnosed.

    Hoping for the best for you, AWK

    Hi, AWK,

    I am not platinum resistant, at least not to my knowledge, but I was diagnosed with UPSC, stage 3A.  I finished treatment in March, 2013, with 6 rounds of carboplatin and taxol.   I think the genome testing will be a tremendous help in selecting appropriate treatment for you.  Can radiation treatment or cyber knife be considered?  I am glad to hear that you are continuing to work and to enjoy life.  Enjoying life right at this very moment is what life is truly about.  I just want you to know that I am thinking about you and hoping that you receive the very best care and treatment.  Were are you receiving your treatment? 

    Warm Wishes,

    Cathy  

  • AWK
    AWK Member Posts: 364
    Abbycat2 said:

    Hoping for the best for you, AWK

    Hi, AWK,

    I am not platinum resistant, at least not to my knowledge, but I was diagnosed with UPSC, stage 3A.  I finished treatment in March, 2013, with 6 rounds of carboplatin and taxol.   I think the genome testing will be a tremendous help in selecting appropriate treatment for you.  Can radiation treatment or cyber knife be considered?  I am glad to hear that you are continuing to work and to enjoy life.  Enjoying life right at this very moment is what life is truly about.  I just want you to know that I am thinking about you and hoping that you receive the very best care and treatment.  Were are you receiving your treatment? 

    Warm Wishes,

    Cathy  

    Thanks Abbycat2

    Cathy, thanks for the good wishes!  I will take them!  Given the location of the various tumors, the spreading (not clustered or close to each other) and my radiation history radiation isn't an option.  Neither is any form of surgery due to vascular involvement.  I am in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles.  I am being treated at the Leavey Cancer Center at Northridge Community Hospital.  They have gotten opinions from the City of Hope and UCLA.  Both continue to consult on my case along with MDAnderson, Sloan Kettering and the National Cancer Institute.  According to the doctors I am in rarified strata.  I told them that when they told me I was a statistic of one I am pretty sure this isn't what they had in mind.  My frozen slides were sent out to Foundation One for testing; this company is affiliated with Sloan Kettering.  The side benefit is that others will benefit from my case too!  That makes me happy.  I will keep you posted and also send you wishes for good health and a long, happy life!  Anne

  • Abbycat2
    Abbycat2 Member Posts: 644
    AWK said:

    Thanks Abbycat2

    Cathy, thanks for the good wishes!  I will take them!  Given the location of the various tumors, the spreading (not clustered or close to each other) and my radiation history radiation isn't an option.  Neither is any form of surgery due to vascular involvement.  I am in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles.  I am being treated at the Leavey Cancer Center at Northridge Community Hospital.  They have gotten opinions from the City of Hope and UCLA.  Both continue to consult on my case along with MDAnderson, Sloan Kettering and the National Cancer Institute.  According to the doctors I am in rarified strata.  I told them that when they told me I was a statistic of one I am pretty sure this isn't what they had in mind.  My frozen slides were sent out to Foundation One for testing; this company is affiliated with Sloan Kettering.  The side benefit is that others will benefit from my case too!  That makes me happy.  I will keep you posted and also send you wishes for good health and a long, happy life!  Anne

    Thank you, Anne

    Thank you, Anne, and warm wishes to you as well.  Anne happens to be my favorite woman's name, spelled the way you spell it.  It was my dear mother's name and is my middle name.  I always wanted my first name to be Anne!  Short and to the point.  No, instead it is long- Catherine!!  I always have to spell BOTH my first name and my last name.  Bummer....  ;-) 

  • shortmarge
    shortmarge Member Posts: 291
    debrajo said:

    Thanks

    Thanks so much Cathy!  If I read it right, my 1a/1b, with  PCHR {platium based taxol/carbo, and 5 bryanchtheropy}gives me a probable 5 year rate of 94 % survival rate.  Sounds better then the 30/70 maybe I got at first.  I am comming up on 4 1/2 years in Nov.  Did I maybe understand it wrong, do you think?  Thanks again, living in the moment, Debrajo

    6 Years

    Haven't been on the site for quite awhile.  Just wanted you to know that I was diagnosed Stage 2A UPSC and clear cell.  Cancer Free 6 years tomorrow!!!  I believe it's mind, body and soul (along with treatment).  Get Mad as Hell and tell yourself it's not going to get you.  Life is wonderful, don't stress, stress is so harmful.  Plus I eat a piece of raw ginger everyday, or put it in my green tea.  

     

    Smile and live life!!  Smile

     

    Marge

  • Ro10
    Ro10 Member Posts: 1,561

    6 Years

    Haven't been on the site for quite awhile.  Just wanted you to know that I was diagnosed Stage 2A UPSC and clear cell.  Cancer Free 6 years tomorrow!!!  I believe it's mind, body and soul (along with treatment).  Get Mad as Hell and tell yourself it's not going to get you.  Life is wonderful, don't stress, stress is so harmful.  Plus I eat a piece of raw ginger everyday, or put it in my green tea.  

     

    Smile and live life!!  Smile

     

    Marge

    Marge how good it is to hear from you

    It is wonderful to hear that you have been dancing with NED for 6 years.  That is so encouraging for others.   Glad you are continuing to enjoy life.  May you continue to Smile, too.  I have been wondering how you were doing.  You were one of the original 10 with UPSC when I  first signed on to this site.  Please keep in touch to encourage others.  In peace and caring.

  • It happened to Me
    It happened to Me Member Posts: 206 Member

    6 Years

    Haven't been on the site for quite awhile.  Just wanted you to know that I was diagnosed Stage 2A UPSC and clear cell.  Cancer Free 6 years tomorrow!!!  I believe it's mind, body and soul (along with treatment).  Get Mad as Hell and tell yourself it's not going to get you.  Life is wonderful, don't stress, stress is so harmful.  Plus I eat a piece of raw ginger everyday, or put it in my green tea.  

     

    Smile and live life!!  Smile

     

    Marge

    I'm So happy you wrote.

    Congratulations on 6 years NED.  I'm glad Roberta told us that you were one of the original 10 that started this board.  I hope you have many, many, many more years NED.    I was diagnosed with UPSC stage 3A in June, 2013 and last chemo. was Jan. 2014, so I am working on my 1 year NED. 

    Jeanette

  • NoTimeForCancer
    NoTimeForCancer Member Posts: 2,999 Member

    6 Years

    Haven't been on the site for quite awhile.  Just wanted you to know that I was diagnosed Stage 2A UPSC and clear cell.  Cancer Free 6 years tomorrow!!!  I believe it's mind, body and soul (along with treatment).  Get Mad as Hell and tell yourself it's not going to get you.  Life is wonderful, don't stress, stress is so harmful.  Plus I eat a piece of raw ginger everyday, or put it in my green tea.  

     

    Smile and live life!!  Smile

     

    Marge

    Marge,
    Thank you so much for

    Marge,

    Thank you so much for popping in and letting us know.  This is such wonderful news and we all love to hear it. 

    Keep kickin' it girl!

  • ConnieSW
    ConnieSW Member Posts: 1,604 Member
    Abbycat2 said:

    Thank you, Anne

    Thank you, Anne, and warm wishes to you as well.  Anne happens to be my favorite woman's name, spelled the way you spell it.  It was my dear mother's name and is my middle name.  I always wanted my first name to be Anne!  Short and to the point.  No, instead it is long- Catherine!!  I always have to spell BOTH my first name and my last name.  Bummer....  ;-) 

    Shortmarge

    How wonderful to hear from an old timer on this board.  You made everyone's day.

  • Maggie_mac
    Maggie_mac Member Posts: 32
    AWK said:

    Anyone out there with UPSC recurrence and platinum resistant?

    i was diagnosed 4/2013 stage IIIC after extensive surgery.  Had six carbo/taxol treatments, 28 radiation and 3 brachytherapy.  Five tumors were found at first three month checkup, all inoperable and only one was able to be safely biopsied.  Had 3 Doxil treatments and follow up scan showed more growth.  Now on avastin plan while awaiting genome testing to identify potential treatment options (non chemo).  Sounds not so great but actually I am working full time and enjoying life.  PS I was 50 when diagnosed.

    UPSC recurrence & platinum resistance

    Hello All, 

    I haven't been here in quite a while because it always seemed difficult to find the UPSC group to follow-up.  Today I searched "papillary" and ended up here. 

    I was diagnosed with UPSC 3 years ago and it will be 3 years next month that I had surgery.  Because of omentum and peritonal metastases my cancer is stage 4B.  I had 6 sessions of taxol/carboplatin in 2012 and my CA 125 stayed low for about 9 months.  I did another 6 sessions in 2013 and that lasted about 6 months.  I did another 6 sessions this spring with my last chemo in May.  It's been almost 3 years since I've used a hair brush!

    My oncologist has already mentioned that I seem to be platinum resistant and has said the next step is probably Doxil.  I would be interested in hearing of any experience with this product.  From what I've read it seems to have some limiting cardiovascular side effects.

    Overall, I feel pretty good, although sometimes I just lack the desire to do some of the things I used to enjoy.  My best wishes to everyone.

     

    Maggie    

     

     

  • Ro10
    Ro10 Member Posts: 1,561

    UPSC recurrence & platinum resistance

    Hello All, 

    I haven't been here in quite a while because it always seemed difficult to find the UPSC group to follow-up.  Today I searched "papillary" and ended up here. 

    I was diagnosed with UPSC 3 years ago and it will be 3 years next month that I had surgery.  Because of omentum and peritonal metastases my cancer is stage 4B.  I had 6 sessions of taxol/carboplatin in 2012 and my CA 125 stayed low for about 9 months.  I did another 6 sessions in 2013 and that lasted about 6 months.  I did another 6 sessions this spring with my last chemo in May.  It's been almost 3 years since I've used a hair brush!

    My oncologist has already mentioned that I seem to be platinum resistant and has said the next step is probably Doxil.  I would be interested in hearing of any experience with this product.  From what I've read it seems to have some limiting cardiovascular side effects.

    Overall, I feel pretty good, although sometimes I just lack the desire to do some of the things I used to enjoy.  My best wishes to everyone.

     

    Maggie    

     

     

    Maggie

    I am sorry that  the taxol/carb is no longer working for you.  I can't imagine 3 years without using a hairbrush.   Ihave had 3 different rounds of taxol/ platins but my hair grew back between the rounds.  I have been bald four times.  I had the sandwich treatment initially and my hair grew back between the radiation and last three chemos.

    you said you had a hard time finding this site.  If you google CSN ( Cancer survivors Network) and lick on the discussion boards and then Uterine, you should get to this site.   Then put it in your favorites, or bookmark it.

    on the top of the uterine discussion board there are boxes for " keywords or titles".  If you type Doxil in one of the boxes you will get posts from some that have been on Doxil.  You might want to do that on the Ovarian Board also.  There have been more ladies on Doxil on the Ovarian board.

    my doctor has mentioned Doxil if needed in the future, but luckily I have not needed it.  Many talked about problems with " hand and foot" sensitivity and peeling of skin.

    I am glad that overall you feel good.  Your body has been through a lot.  Wishing you the best with further treatment.  In peace and caring.   Please come back and let us know how you are doing.

  • AWK
    AWK Member Posts: 364

    UPSC recurrence & platinum resistance

    Hello All, 

    I haven't been here in quite a while because it always seemed difficult to find the UPSC group to follow-up.  Today I searched "papillary" and ended up here. 

    I was diagnosed with UPSC 3 years ago and it will be 3 years next month that I had surgery.  Because of omentum and peritonal metastases my cancer is stage 4B.  I had 6 sessions of taxol/carboplatin in 2012 and my CA 125 stayed low for about 9 months.  I did another 6 sessions in 2013 and that lasted about 6 months.  I did another 6 sessions this spring with my last chemo in May.  It's been almost 3 years since I've used a hair brush!

    My oncologist has already mentioned that I seem to be platinum resistant and has said the next step is probably Doxil.  I would be interested in hearing of any experience with this product.  From what I've read it seems to have some limiting cardiovascular side effects.

    Overall, I feel pretty good, although sometimes I just lack the desire to do some of the things I used to enjoy.  My best wishes to everyone.

     

    Maggie    

     

     

    Hi Maggie!

    I went through three rounds of Doxil over the summer and it really wasn't that bad compared to carbo/taxol treatments. I am now considered platinum resistant.  The main side effects I had were being tired and lightly nauseous.  My feet did get dry and susceptible to blisters so I just put moleskin over the vulnerable spots and slathered on underlying smooth at night.  I worked full time the whole way through And we did a ton of other stuff.  I am having more side effects under the Avastin I am on now than the Doxil.  It was easy easy after all we have been through!  what questions can I answer for you?  Sending healing wishes!  Anne