invokethestars' Journey:

Patient: Ovarian and Fallopian Tube Cancer > Epithelial Ovarian Carcinoma > Mucinous

Patient Info: Currently in active treatment (initial surgery, receiving chemo rounds/radiation), Diagnosed: almost 7 years ago, Female, Age: 30, Stage IIIB

  1. 1
    over 4 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    I was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer in August 2010.

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  2. 2
    over 4 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Had right ovary and fallopian tube removed, tumor removed, and appendix removed.

    Went as Expected: Not Specified
    Minimal Recovery: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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  3. 3
    over 4 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I did 4 rounds of Taxol and Carboplatin.

    Easy to Do: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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  4. 4
    over 4 years ago
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    Allergic reaction

    Side Effects

    I had an allergic reaction to the Taxol after the first treatment, which covered me in hives.

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  5. 5
    over 4 years ago
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    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    I lost all of my hair ... everywhere. I rocked the bald head --the trick is to use lotion and bronzer!

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  6. 6
    over 4 years ago
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    Taste change/loss

    Side Effects

    Taste buds changed for a week after each treatment. Butter tasted like vinegar, etc.

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  7. 7
    over 4 years ago
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    Remission

    Celebration

    Cancer free for almost 2 years!

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  8. 8
    over 4 years ago
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    Cancer is back/Recurred

    Oh No

    Found a few masses in abdominal wall and pelvic area. Found out it was cancer (again).

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  9. 9
    over 4 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Doctors removed 6 tumors. All except one were within the abdominal wall. It was better than they thought and went well. My incision was twelve inches long and took 40 staples.

    Went as Expected: Not Specified
    Minimal Recovery: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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  10. 10
    over 4 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Twelve treatments of Gemzar and six of Taxotere. A total of 18 weeks of treatment. Taxotere made me retain fluid. Had to change to Cisplatin which extended my chemo.

    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  11. 11
    over 3 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Radiation was tedious. Every day! Burned really bad and none of the lotions or aloe would help.

    Painless Experience: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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  12. 12
    over 3 years ago
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    Remission

    Celebration

    Last CT scan was clear. Yay!

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