Good morning ladies, I am hoping someone will have some sage advice for me. I was diagnosed in October 2017 following what turned out to be a huge debulking operation for suspected bowel cancer. The primary site was probably the Fallopian tube- the following PET scan revealed that it was stage 4 as the beast had invades my lungs, peritoneum, ureter and aorta. Carbo taxol worked well and my oncologist was amazed by my response to the regime. Avastin followed and I have been treatment free since this January. My CA125 is currently 9, so all is well.
My dilemma is that following genetic counseling I am BRAC1, this is a changed diagnosis as originally it was negative (!?!?). My oncologist is talking about Olaparib. I will see her at the end of next month to discuss as we put everything on hold while my husband undergoes treatment for esophagal cancer and I needed not to have side effects and be the strong one. He should have his last chemo on the same day as my appointment with her.
Initially I was anti having any further treatment while I am symptom free, why go through all the hassle of feeling crappy again? However, yesterday’s news reports about Olaparib have made me pause for thought- would I be doing myself a favour by agreeing to taking it or should I leave the beast alone and see what happens?
Any advice from those of you who have, or are taking Olaparib would be greatly appreciated. What can I realistically expect as side effects and has it been worthwhile for you?
I live in France so was unaffected by yesterday’s announcement re the NHS, the treatment here is based on need, not cost.
Thanking you in advance and hoping you all feel a bit more comfortable now that the heatwave has calmed down.
Sending love to you all