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    My last chemo was in August for primary peritoneal carcinoma and I am in remission. I was also at stage 3. I had 4 rounds of chemo, then surgery, which was followed by 4 more rounds of chemo. I would suggest doing as much research as possible which will give you information about this cancer and its treatments.

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    Decision Point (Where to Go From Here): I finished chemo after 8 long months. My CA 125 is 5. So where do I go from here?

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      Lynne-I-Am

      Sounds simple, you go forward, but it really isn’t simple at all. You have been through a very traumatic experience both mentally and physically. For months you have been closely watched and monitored now the reins loosen. Exams and checkups start at every three months for about a year, then six months. You start adjusting to any lingering side effects, neuropathy, chemo,brain, fatigue. Fatigue ,in general gets better given time as does many cases of neuropathy and chemo brain. Your hair , and all your body hair grows back. You may feel a little lost at first. You have been changed, all of us , to differing degrees ,are. Many call it a new normal. You make any lifestyle changes you feel are right for you, or you make no changes at all. Slowly, you resume your life. You may have gained a new appreciation for everything around you, for life in general. Through all of this though you have found you are stronger than perhaps you thought you were. Use this knowledge going forward. Wishing you continued better days ahead.

      10 months ago
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      Lynne-I-Am

      P.S. congratulations on finishing chemo and CA of 5. That’s GREAT!

      10 months ago
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    Other Care (Genetic and Genomic Testing): I had genetic testing because I had a significant family history of cancer. I also had genomic testing to determine which drugs would be most effective with my type of cancer.

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    Celebration (End of Chemotherapy): I finished 8 months of chemo yesterday! I took party hats and horns into the infusion room so my fellow chemo patients and nurses could help me celebrate!