Ladies. Posted only 5 weeks that my review was great...oh, how soon that ended. Began to have signs of similar symptoms within the past 2 weeks and it was getting worse. So went to my GP to ask for ca125 test (thinking & hoping I was being over cautious). Saw him at 1 o'clock last Monday and at 5pm was being admitted to hospital.
Usual x-rays, blood tests, scans followed and you know the outcome....recurrence..my language and words are too choice to use here. CA125 reading still within normal range ----frightening that part. I never did rely on that particular test.
Options discussed and so back on treatment - was to have a biopsy on Wed but as on aspirin, it was deferred until next week. So, new regime began on Thurs with carboplatin and gemcitabine on day 1; on day 8 Gemzar and then 2 weeks 'free'. Avastin will be added in on cycle 2 or 3... Previously I was on carboplatin & taxol.
For some reason, even though I had carbo without any allergic reaction - this time, I did. So it slowed the infusion down and was dosed with antihistamines & cardiac trace done. Slept through most of afternoon and kept in for another night to ensure I was OK.
Tumours on same site (which is good as no additional sites) and biopsy is on tumours on surface (serosal) of liver. That is going to London for possible inclusion into a phase 1 clinical trial on mutations of cancer cells... the phase 1 will be for research into molecular treatments. While I know I may not be suitable & the trial may not go ahead, it give me additional hope.
My Oncologist and myself, I can tell you, are shocked with the speed of recurrence symptoms but it means that when OvCa becomes active with me - it manifests quickly and so I am faster having treatment. Know that sounds like a false optimism, but it does help. Another good piece of news was that my blood pressure is back to normal and so, some meds are being reduced....yippee.
This is line 4 now and while it is really only 7 1/2 months disease free - I am thinking that it was on 15th August 2014 when diagnosed last - so using that as my date...see happy vibes still with me.
Will meet some of you over the next few months and for others will keep you posted , hopefully regularly and with positivity!!!! but may have a rant & emotional meltdown also for you.
Did leave the hospital with a much happier view of care etc that my last visit - so my faith is restored.
Love to all on treatment like myself and best wishes for continued good health to those who are finished treatment.