At my mum's 6 month check she was told the cancer was back. It's on the peritoneum, localised, and luckily hasn't spread to any other organs. So there's a lot of good news there, but from what I've read, cancer on the peritoneum is a stubborn / persistent cancer to fight. I wonder if anyone out there has had experience of this? We haven't yet seen the oncologist - the results were given over the phone with an initial chat about the drugs they will probably use to fight it (carbo/toxol) but I've also read about a couple of other things such a 'intra-peritoneal' chemo (where they actually go in and 'wash' the organs in the peritoneum with a chemo drug so it's direct to the cancerous area, without the usual barriers), hyperthermia (where the said drug is heated as it is administered which apparently increases it's effectiveness), and 'stripping' of the peritoneum (removal of the cancerous area). I might have misunderstood any (or all!) of the above, but it sounds like these more extreme methods seem to have had quite positive results in comparison to standard chemo.
If anyone can shed some light on what we're dealing with, and what we can expect, or perhaps if anyone knows any more about the above procedures it would be most interesting...
Happy wishes to you all,