My Mum has recently been diagnosed with stage 3 ovarian cancer. I know she has found this site a great support, so thought I would get myself on here to call on your advice. Apologies for the long post, but just wanted to give you as much info as I could..
Mum underwent a full hysterectomy almost two weeks ago. She also had part of her bowel removed, her appendix and the omentum. She also had some cancerous spots 'burnt' off her liver - and they cleaned out the lining of her stomach. Mum spent six days in hospital but was readmitted last Wednesday, so has now been back in hospital for almost the same amount of time she was initially in for. She was having terrible abdominal pains on her right side and couldn't move. After discounting a twisted bowel, we believe it may have been a build up of stools in her bowel. The pain has now dissipated although she is now having massive problems with going to the loo. She's unable to hold food down for longer than an hour at a time and each time she goes to the loo, she's in a lot of pain and feeling faint. She isn't having diarrhoea but her stools are lose..not sure how best to explain! It's basically exhausting her. I should add that she has low level pneumonia and a suspected infection (they have taken a stool sample to test for the infection) - I'm optimistic on this latter point as she is not running a fever, nor feeling or being sick. I think it is just a precautionary measure. I suppose I'm just hoping for reassurance from you all that this bowel movement is fairly normal. From what i've read over the internet, it seems to be the norm - although this is no comfort for my Mum who is going through it all. We've been researching the sort of things she should and shouldn't be eating and I know it's going to be different for everyone - but again, just wanted to get your advice.
Whilst we can all see that Mum is improving and gradually getting her strength back - it's hard for Mum to keep her spirits up - it seems that she takes a step forward , then gets knocked back a couple of steps. The hospital has been great and she has had good support from the nurses etc, but no advice on diet etc... she is seeing a dietician today, although I would have thought this should have been done from the get go...
She still has some cancerous spots on her lung - so they are talking about starting chemo in two weeks - we can't face the prospect of this, and while Mum is slowly getting stronger, she's having to take a step at a time. Hoping for improvements in the next few weeks before any treatment starts, but at this stage, I don't think she can even bear thinking about it.
Interested to hear your experiences.
Thanks and wishing you all speedy recoveries xxxx