JoWin615's Journey with Ovarian and Fallopian Tube Cancer

Survivor: Ovarian and Fallopian Tube Cancer

Patient Info: Living with cancer as a chronic illness (undergoing adjuvant therapy), Diagnosed: over 6 years ago, Female, Age: 74, Stage IIIC

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    • JoWin615
    • Experience with Ovarian and Fallopian...
    almost 6 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    A swollen lymph node appeared near my left collarbone. Since it was sore, I went to my PCP. He ordered a biopsy. The surgeon said "You have cancer, but I'm not sure where - probably breast." Many tests and scans later, the PET scan pinpointed my pelvic area.

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    • JoWin615
    • Experience with Ovarian and Fallopian...
    almost 6 years ago
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    Debulking surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    On Feb. 1, 2011, I had a complete hysterectomy, during which a 15 cm tumor was found on my left ovary. There was no visible evidence of cancer on any other organs; hence, the diagnosis of ovarian cancer, stage lllC.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • JoWin615
    • Experience with Ovarian and Fallopian...
    almost 6 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I had 6 treatments of carbo/taxol 3 weeks apart, beginning three weeks after my major surgery. I had a lot of pain in my pelvic area after each treatment, but never any nausea. I kept up with my walking regimen the whole time, no matter how bad I felt. I was also able to work part-time.

    Easy to Do: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • JoWin615
    • Experience with Ovarian and Fallopian...
    almost 6 years ago
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    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    Hair loss, constipation, fatigue, flu-like symptoms from the neulasta shot, dry mouth, insomnia, and pain. There are helpful drugs available for all these side effects, except hair loss (!). I also had anxiety and depression after my treatment was over, because I felt guilty about not feeling happy enough that I was cancer-free. I was crying even more than when I first got my diagnosis. Medication has helped here, too.

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