Hi this the first time I have written a blog, so I apologise if it is a bit long!. My mother(aged 76 (normally quite fit and young for her age!) has recently undergone an abdominal hysterectomy, removal of both ovaries, fallopian tubes, womb and omentum. Two cysts were found. it has been confirmed that she has stage 2c ovarian cancer (affecting a fallopian tube and both cysts) and yesterday she had her first appointment with the oncologist registrar. I accompanied her and we were given so much information about options for chemotherapy - carboplatin, carboplatin and taxol combined, and the option to take part in a trial where instead of having treatment every 3 weeks for 6 sessions, she could have weekly treatments for 18 weeks - trial is trying to establish whether it is better to receive smaller doses of chemo at more regular intervals. We were informed of the side effects ranging from nausea, diarrhoea, hair loss to tingling sensations and loss of feeling in fingers, hands, toes and feet, and all the other side effects affecting different parts of the body. At the end of the meeting mum was given a folder with copious leaflets and brochures to "help" her make her decision of what treatment, if any, she wanted to go for. We have got a further appt booked in 2 weeks where we can ask further questions and then she gives them her decision. We have been totally overwhelmed by this, as it seems the side effects could worsen her quality of life. She was told that no visible evidence of cancer is shown on her scan. She had another CA125 blood test yesterday to compare to the one previous to surgery which was 1085. She is in a real quandry what to do. Is there anyone who has any similar experience, simliar age group that either opted for just carboplatin, both carboplatin and taxol etc. We thought mum would be advised which treatment would be best for her situation. We did ask many questions yesterday but feel mum needs further help and expertise to help her make this life changing decision. She does have an appointment with her GP in the next week. I am wondering if she should ask to see the Consultant or get a second opinion about treatment. I value any comments. Thank you so much
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