Lighten's Journey with Ovarian and Fallopian Tube Cancer

Survivor: Ovarian and Fallopian Tube Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: almost 5 years ago, Female, Age: 66, Stage IC

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    • Experience with Ovarian and Fallopian ...
    over 3 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    The toughest impact was psychological, addressing the real threat to life and quality of life and anxiety between checkups and worry about the effectiveness of the chemo.

    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    over 3 years ago
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    Finished treatment

    Celebration

    Cancer marker stayed in the normal range after surgery for debulking and throughout treatment but went up slightly a few times, then, dropped after treatment was discontinued. We continue to celebrate and enjoyed the one year anniversary since the diagnosis.

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    over 3 years ago
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    Allergic reaction

    Side Effects

    As soon as the doxil entered my vein, I had a strong allergic reaction, but I was able to tolerate the drug with increased steroids given prior to the drug.

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    • Lighten
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    over 3 years ago
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    Body part/function

    Loss

    Loss of ovaries wasn't very difficult because they were inside, but loss of breasts in a prophylactic bilateral mastectomy due to BRCA2 mutation has been much more of a challenge. Yet, it is doable, and it helps me sleep well at night with less worry.

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    • Lighten
    • Experience with Ovarian and Fallopian ...
    over 3 years ago
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    Had to decide about genetic testing and what to do with the results.

    Decision Point

    I decided to have the genetic testing and to have a prophylactic mastectomy after learning that I have the BRCA 2 mutation. I also told family members about the test results to prevent cancer in others in my family.

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