Hi, I have had 6 chemos, 3 carbo and then 3 carbo plus taxol (am now into the 6th week after the last one). I was due to have my debulking op this Tuesday just gone. I was phoned on Monday afternoon by an appointments clerk who told me it was cancelled due to staff sickness, and that I would probably have the op this coming Monday. I was phoned on Thursday just gone by a surgeon, who told me that my op would not be next week, and that this was beause my original surgeon's mother-in-law was ill. I was then told that my op would 'most likely' be in November, but that he could not give me a date.
I am wondering if anyone else has had to go through this experience? Specifically, I am wondering if anyone has received a 7th chemo cycle during the wait, or even a scan, or both. I am very concerned that a 2 month wait(or even longer) could mean that the cancer has time to spread again, and that the good work that the chemo did might start to unravel.
I phoned Ovacome yesterday, and the worker was lovely, and understood my anxiety. She is going to try to find out for me next week just what is the optimal length of time between chemo and the op, which would have to mean asking a medical adviser. I myself have searched the internet for medical studies, and the ones I managed to find said that 4 to 5 weeks is the optimal time after chemo for the op to happen, and that there are various risks associated with a longer gap.
I have been in isolation for 2 and a half weeks, and dread the thought of not seeing anyone for 2 months will not help the anxiety I'm feeling. I was psyched up for the op last Tuesday, and now I feel more anxious than I did last Monday.
I did ask the surgeon who phoned on Thursday if I could be given one more chemo while I wait, to ensure that the cancer remains stable, but he said it was up to the oncologist (they are in 2 different health authorities because there are no gynae oncology surgeons in my health authority). I phone my named nurse who is attached to the oncologist, and left a message as there was no answer, and also emailed on Thursday. I emailed again yesterday when I had heard nothing back, and the nurse emailed me back late yesterday afternoon, saying she'd try to speak to the oncologist on Monday.
I know I have to try and be patient, and wait for people to get back to me (why do these stress-inducing things always happen not long before the weekend), but I thought it was worth asking if anyone had had debulking surgery such a long time after their last chemo. PLus, has anyone had a 7th chemo in these circumstances?
Thanks very much for reading.