Hi Ladies, I'm new to this site so am hoping I am doing this right!!
Firstly I'd like to say thank you for all your posts! Reading these have helped me so much understand things and panic a little less!!
My lovely mum (69) was diagnosed with stage 3c peritoneal cancer (endometriod type) 2 months ago. She had a laparoscopy 3 weeks ago to do various biopsies and remove her ovaries (she had hysterectomy in her 30s). The results of all the biopsies were unfortunately positive. The oncologist has told us that the pluses to this type of cancer is that it tends not to penetrate the major organs but the down side is it is surrounding them all. At this stage we have been told surgery is not an option. She is starting chemo on Thurs and the plan is 3 rounds of chemo (carboplatin and Taxol) then possible surgery followed by 3 more rounds of chemo. We've been told the scan after the first 3 rounds will determine whether surgery is possible.
Right now I have 2 worries...her blood tests have shown that her kidneys are not functioning properly so that may affect the dose of chemo. We haven't had the kidney results yet but am hoping this doesn't delay the chemo. Also over the last week she has been having a lot of lower back and stomach pain. Sounds like the pain in going from front to back. Am worried that the cancer has got worse/spread further since her scan 2 months ago. She is managing to cope with Tramadol & Paracetamol but the Tramadol is not helping the constipation!!
I have read a lot of ladies on here are also on Avastin. I have no idea what this is or if something I should be asking for mum? Any advice is much appreciated.
Mum suffers from agoraphobia so hospital visits are very hard for her. I am going along with her to first chemo on Thurs. Again any advice on what I could do to make it a little easier for her would be great.
Sorry this has turned into a very lengthy post!:)) Just want to have as much info as I can to make this as easy as possible for mum.