Tuesday, November 21, 2017

More treatment...

Surgery went well.  Really well!  There were no other random bits of cancer and they were able to completely remove the tumor with clear margins.  I spent one night and was discharged midday, with 4 small incisions on my belly.  This was a couple of weeks ago already.  Recovery was quick, and I am already feeling back to my old self, which is why I was more floored by the news delivered at yesterday's visit with the oncologist- I still need to do chemo...  I'll be doing 6 rounds of carboplatin and doxil once a month for 6 months.  Followed by a maintenance therapy of daily oral PARP inhibitors to prevent the cancer cells from repairing the damage done by the chemo.

                                                  ( ↑ Carboplatin )

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Update on the update

Surgery has been moved one day forward, to Wed. November 1, which is just fine by me.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Unfortunately, Updates

Things have been quiet for a few years, but now I'm dealing once again with this ovarian cancer.  I don't see it as a life sentence, rather a chronic disease which I'll probably have to deal with the rest of my life.  Going many years in between episodes has been great, and it's what I'm hoping for in my future. 


The latest started back in July.  I was feeling something not quite right in my lower abdomen so got a ca125 blood test which came back 10.  Under 35 is "normal", but my usual is 5,6,7.  We redid it in August and again it was 10.  I was still feeling some pressure and cramping, so a CT scan was ordered and a very small mass was found in my Morison's Pouch, the space between my liver and right kidney.  Next, a biopsy which confirmed ovarian cancer, and a recommendation by my oncologist to have this thing removed.

This Monday I met with a surgeon.  The plan is to start with a diagnostic laparoscopy using a video camera to see if there are other bits of cancer that didn't show up in the scan.  If there is, they stop the procedure and I'll talk to my oncologist about treatment options.  If there isn't, he will remove the mass.  75% chance this can be done laparoscopically, otherwise it might end up being an open surgery.  Date is set for Thursday Nov. 2nd.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

6 months later... Good news!

Last week I did a PET scan, and this week got back some fabulous results!


1. Previously demonstrated hypermetabolic lesions in the liver and retroperitoneum have resolved. Findings are compatible with complete metabolic response. 

My ca125 numbers had remained low over the last 6 months, so things were looking really promising, but getting this scan result really lets me exhale and relax.  I have an oncologist appointment in a few weeks, and I'm guessing we'll just go back to monitoring, with more and more time between visits the farther out we go.  :)  I am so thrilled!!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Wait and Watch

My appt. went well. The radiation oncologist was happy with the way things are on the scan (although he didn't see the scan itself, only the report). But the fact that they shrunk makes him believe we are on the right track, they may still get smaller. He doesn't even think we should scan again for now, just follow the ca125.

Wow, that's great. So does that mean no more chemo?
I think so. But now I need to relay what he said to my oncologist who will have the final word. Not scanning, and not doing anything when there may be cancer cells still in me, makes me (and Ethan) nervous. But maybe this is the new normal and I'll become more comfortable with it.

It is certainly some hard decisions to be making.

Monday, February 2, 2015

More work to be done

Radiation therapy works by damaging DNA, especially of rapidly dividing cells like cancer.  It keeps working after treatment is finished, so I had to wait 3 months before doing a scan to see what was actually happening.  Of course our insurance company denied the PET scan, so I did an abdominal/ pelvic CT a couple of weeks ago, and it showed that the tumors are still there.  Smaller, but still there... 

Now I'm waiting for my appointment with the oncologist.  All I know so far, is that it looks like the plan is to continue treatment.  I did 2 of the 6 rounds of chemo before the radiation, so maybe I'll be picking up where I left off. 

I'm feeling surprisingly level about all of this.  These tumors were pretty small to begin with, and now they're smaller.  Chemo sucks, but I can deal with it.  Meditation helps and so does the tremendous amount of support being continuously offered by family and friends.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Up Next?

Up next didn't end up being a scan, ca125 or more chemotherapy...  I got a call from my husband letting me know of a last minute work trip, and I got to tag along!  Within 3 days we were on the plane to Lisbon where we stayed for a week.  Followed by a week in Paris.  Every other November in Paris is the Month of Photography, so I spent as much time as I could in the galleries.  My energy was lower than usual but I didn't let that stop me and I had an amazing time!

Now we're back.  The icing on the cake...  2 months after radiation I just did my first ca125 and it came back this morning-  5  !!  I am feeling tremendously lucky at the moment.