avonlea02's Journey:

Patient: Ovarian and Fallopian Tube Cancer > Epithelial Ovarian Carcinoma > Serous Type

Patient Info: Currently in active treatment (initial surgery, receiving chemo rounds/radiation), Diagnosed: over 5 years ago, Female, Age: 62, Stage IIIC

  1. 1
    almost 5 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

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

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  2. 2
    almost 5 years ago
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    Bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had TAHBSO, as well as debulking surgery, which could not totally remove all the tumors. The scary part is that some tumors had to be left behind for chemo to deal with. Healing from the massive surgery was long and somewhat difficult, but I have done remarkably well, and have a positive attitude, which is helping to deal with it all. I am still receiving initial chemo treatment.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  3. 3
    almost 5 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Also have received medicine for low white cell count (Neulasta) - not easy to deal with!

    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  4. 4
    almost 5 years ago
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    Flu-like symptoms (fever, chills, sweats)

    Side Effects

    Lots of side effects - mostly flu-like feeling, but also anorexia at times. And food/drink tastes NASTY! Fatigue; chemobrain, peripheral neuropathy (which gets worse each time and is VERY hard to deal with); hair loss (I look like a space alien, with no eyebrows or eye lashes! But I try to keep a sense of humor about it all!); at first, weight loss, and now weight gain. The neuropathy is the part that concerns me most, as I don't know if damage will be permanent. It gets worse with each chemo treatment. Now, I am told they want to do maintenance chemo for me after initial treatments end (I have two more to go out of eight total) for one year. Not that I have a lot of choices, here! Lose life or lose feeling? Kind of a no-brainer!

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  5. 5
    over 3 years ago
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    Cancer is back/Recurred

    Oh No

    I am back in chemotherapy again, as of August, 2013. I am on Carboplatin (one of the chemos I had last year) and Avastin (new to me this time). I am trying so hard to keep working through this chemo. Not easy!

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  6. 6
    over 3 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I have a difficult time during "chemo week" - about 7-10 days of feeling flu-like, exhausted, sometimes nauseous or queasy, Then, week two seems to have more bone and muscle pain, but a bit more tolerable than the first week. By the third week, I am feeling pretty well. I'm exhausted through it all, but it gets better as time goes by. I do find that the first 4-5 days are the worst. Since the CA-125 level continues to drop, it is worth it to keep going. I fight on!

    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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