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    Welcome Vixstew,
    I was diagnosed stage 3C in 2015 at the age of 57. I was in shock for quite a while. I had trouble focusing on simple problems. It does improve with time. In those days, we did debulking surgury first and then chemo. I had Taxol/Carboplatin like many others as Frontline chemo. They throw everything at Ovarian Cancer initially. Side effects can be difficult. I received blood transfusions 4 times for severe anemia. Then there was the constipation/diarrhea cycle. I believe most people lose their hair, I did. Fatigue is almost universal. Of course, then you have unique surprises like an allergic reaction to Taxol which I experienced. We overcame it by doubling my premeds. There are long term survivors out there who are stage 3 C. I have asked them what is there secret. There does not seem to be any universal secret. I hope you are a long term survivor too. Your age is an advantage too. Feel free to ask any questions. We are here for you.

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      Thanks for writing on my wall! I'm sorry you've had to endure this crazy ever changing journey. At 53, and NEVER had to go to the doctor for any reason and in the best shape of my life...and then in September big surgery to remove all my female parts, part of my colon, nodules off my stomach and off my bladder. I've had mixed reactions from the chemo (similar to yours), but I've also had "vacations" from chemo. (First round knocked my wbc count ultra low...so there was a long stretch between 1 & 2). Then after my 3rd treatment, although not a side effect of the treatment, I ended up needing surgery for a twisted small intestine and blockage (scar tissue) on January 28.So my 4th of 6th chemo is pushed until March 3. I ADORE my doctor. Dr. Tyler Ford. I'm living without fear and extremely positive. I have fitness, a great doctor, good research, an amazing husband and support group on my side. I am not naive...on Monday, someone in my family (by marriage not blood) died of Ovarian Cancer just after 5 years of her diagnosis at age 61. My platform is "FBI"....fitness before illness (and if you are in it...Fitness Instead of Illness). My encouragement to all is to keep moving - EVERY DAY! I am sending you positive continued progress and health!

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    Welcome Tanmaster,
    I am sorry you are experiencing a reoccurence. After 8 years, it certainly must have been a surprise and being early stage too! I was diagnosed when I was 57 with stage 3 C. I went 2 years cancer free. I have had 2 reoccurences since then. My most recent one was last year. I am still in treatment for it. It is 2 pulmonary nodules in my left lung and an area under my left diaphragm. I have never smoked and have no underlying lung disease. My Oncologist remarked Ovarian Cancer does not usually go to the lung but cancer does what it wants to do. I have one nodule anterior which they could not biopsy. I have one nodule posterior which we tried to do a CT guided biopsy on. It was not possible because when I got on the CT table and they put the needle in, bone and my aortic arch of my heart were in the way. We did a PET scan to confirm cancer. (My CA-125 has not gone above 10 through both reoccurences). We are assuming it is from Ovarian Cancer. I am not a candidate for targeted radiation. So, chemo has been our treatment. I have been symptom free so far. My next CT is the end of March. I am currently receiving Avastin and Doxil. We dropped Carboplatin last year because I was not tolerating it. I would like to follow you since we are on a similar place right now. I hope you do well. Feel free to ask any questions. We are here for you.

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    Welcome IrishJane,

    I am 62 years old. I was diagnosed with stage 3C in 2015. I am going through my 2nd reoccurence, metastasis to my left lung, 2 pulmonary nodules. It was caught early on a routine CT last year. It sounds like you are in treatment of some sort. I wish you the best. Feel free to ask any questions. We are here for you.

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    Welcome Delo1958,
    I suspect you are in treatment or beginning it. Be sure you have a Gynecological Oncology Surgeon do your surgery. They have better outcomes. I was diagnosed with stage 3C Ovarian cancer in 2015. There are more treatment options now and research and clinical trials are ongoing everyday. I am also 62 years old. It was shocking and scary when I first got diagnosed. I suspect you are experiencing similar feelings. Feel free to ask any questions. We are here for you.