I do not often write on the site but like many others I have benefitted from the blogs,questions and advice given by so many people.
I was diagnosed in 1999 with 'cystoadencarcinoma' of ovary and had the routine surgery followed by course of Cisplatin/Taxol. Within 2 years I had recurrence and from 2001-2011 had 8 courses of carboplatin for recurrences. In 2011 I became resistant to Carboplatin so had Topotecan followed by Gemcitabine and from June 2012 had weekly Taxol. During this time I had read in Ovacome the work of Prof Hani Gabri and in view of coming to the end of available chemo drugs(Caelyx not being manufactured) I discussed with my Oncologist what now. He took my case to MDT meeting and within 2 weeks I had an appt to see surgeon at Regional Hospital. He offered to remove the 4 tumours as he felt this was possible on the latest CTscan.This was offered because of the length of time I have had the disease, number of courses of chemo given and I had tolerated well and the disease was confined to abdomen.He said surgery is not offered routinely as the statistics show no increase in survival following surgery other than the initial surgery planned at diagnosis.So 5th Nov I had a Laparotomy. However the findings were of multiple adhesions which were separated with difficulty, no visible evidence of malignancy but the node could not be removed without damage to my bowel so biopsies were taken.I had a smooth post-op. recovery(except for Fragmin inj.!)This week I received the biopsy results NO evidence of active disease.
Wow. A chemo-free Christmas first time for years and follow up in New Year by Oncologist.
Obviously no guarantee that won't recur but onward to enjoy life without dates for chemo etc. etc.
I believe my good quality of life etc is largely due to prayer and support of friends during this time as my husband died in 2009 so how I missed him as support during chemo.
Sorry about the long blog but I just to write to encourage those of you struggling with recurrence Don't give up.
Best wishes to all