• Maintenance therapy?

    Asked by PatRusk on Saturday, September 14, 2019

    Maintenance therapy?

    I have a decision to make. More chemo? Maintenance therapy?

    3 Answers from the Community

    • carm's Avatar

      Hello, I am an oncology nurse and I specialize in gyne-oncology. Depending on the grade of your cancer should help you decide. Maintenance isn't always chemotherapy, especially with ovarian cancer. It could be a biologic like Avastin or a targeted therapy like Lynparza, Zejula or Rubraca...and those three are in pill form, not infused. Make sure you discuss your options for maintenance with your physician. Best of luck to you.

      9 months ago
    • Lynne-I-Am's Avatar

      PatRusk, today some gyn/ oncs are keeping their patients on some form of maintenance therapy directly after receiving frontline chemo for a specified period of time depending on the type and grade of ovarian cancer being treated. The patient’s overall health is also a consideration. In the past the protocol was a wait and see course of treatment . If or when a recurrence occurred then a further course of treatment was decided. Only within the past decade or so, have doctors had the latitude to offer maintenance therapy going forward. Each woman is different , and what works for one may not work for another. If frontline chemo worked well for you, and this is a recurrence, then your doctor will probably recommend another course of chemo. Before making your decision you may want to seek a second opinion , this may ease the decision making process.

      9 months ago
    • kalindria's Avatar

      I've been doing one type of maintenance treatment or another for a few years now. I have teensy tumors in difficult places for surgery and they are kept at bay by various treatments. Currently I get weekly Avastin & topotecan infusions but I've also taken Lynparza and Taxol.

      9 months ago

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