My mum was diagnosed with cancer in July this year after a lifetime of good health; she had never had surgery or been in hospital apart from my birth. She developed ascites, and was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. There was no tumour on her ovaries but the cancer was spread through her omentum and peritoneal wall. She immediately started on chemotherapy, and had three cycles at the Royal Marsden in Sutton. She had a laparotomy on 7th October for a hysterectomy, omentectomy and appendicectomy and is recovering before starting some more chemotherapy. It has been devastating for her and for the whole family. The prognosis given was 50/50 and we still dont know what the outcome will be. I am a nurse with many years experience but when its a family member it feels very different.