Yew's Journey with Clear Cell, Ovarian or Fallopian Tube...

Patient: Ovarian and Fallopian Tube Cancer > Epithelial Ovarian Carcinoma > Clear Cell

Patient Info: Currently in active treatment (initial surgery, receiving chemo rounds/radiation), Diagnosed: about 3 years ago, Female, Age: 61, Stage IIIB

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    • Yew
    • Experience with Clear Cell, Ovarian or Fal...
    about 2 years ago
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    Just Diagnosed

    Oh No

    Had been having digestive issues for about 6 months. I became bloated in my upper tummy, gained 10 lbs., and thought it was all due to job stress. My GP took me off wheat and dairy, that didn't work so she sent me to my gynecologist. A PAP found cells in the sample that indicated there may be a tumor, which lead to a Ultrasound, which lead to the diagnosis that I had lesions on one ovary.

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    • Yew
    • Experience with Clear Cell, Ovarian or Fal...
    about 2 years ago
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    Laparoscopic hysterectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    My surgery consisted of a radical hysterectomy and removal of the greater omentum. The procedure went very well, but the recovery wasn't as easy as I expected due to a very swollen tummy, and bowel issues.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Yew
    • Experience with Clear Cell, Ovarian or Fal...
    about 2 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I had 18-weeks (6 rounds) of carbo and taxol. The chemo suite was pleasant and the nurses were amazing. I actually enjoyed the weekly infusion due to the great care and encouragement. My chemo session always ended with a good nap in the chair. Side effects were very manageable, worst one being the fatigue.

    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Yew
    • Experience with Clear Cell, Ovarian or Fal...
    about 2 years ago
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    Finished treatment

    Celebration

    I had weekly chemo from 8/8 - 12/4. On my last treatment, my CA-125 was down to 14 and I was considered disease free!

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    • Yew
    • Experience with Clear Cell, Ovarian or Fal...
    about 2 years ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    This person has yet to add any details about this experience.

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    • Yew
    • Experience with Clear Cell, Ovarian or Fal...
    about 2 years ago
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    Cancer returned 3 months after first-line chemo. What should next treatment be?

    Decision Point

    After learning the cancer was back I considered the next treatment options, which were standard-of- Doxil (chemo) or possibly enrolling in a clinical trial. After getting a second opinion and carefully weighing my options, I chose Doxil. I also decided to switch oncologists. Though my current one was a good practitioner, his communication style didn't educate or comfort me. I now have a doc who is a much better fit (very important in your recovery!).

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    • Yew
    • Experience with Clear Cell, Ovarian or Fal...
    about 1 year ago
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    Relationship

    Loss

    A by-product of my cancer journey was the breakdown of my relationship with my new husband. I have learned that major illness changes people, both the person with cancer and those close to them. The good news is that cancer survivorship has given me the gift of choice and the courage to move forward with the life that is best for me.

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    • Yew
    • Experience with Clear Cell, Ovarian or Fal...
    about 1 year ago
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    Remission

    Celebration

    Just had my 6 month check in with the oncologists and cancer markers indicate I am still in remission. Yay!

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    • Yew
    • Experience with Clear Cell, Ovarian or Fal...
    about 1 year ago
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    Psychosocial

    Other Care

    I am so grateful for the healing services provided by my local Cancer Support Community. I am enjoying weekly Yoga and occasional survivor lunches sponsored by the Ovarian Cancer Alliance, which are always an inspiration. I also found a great therapist.

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