Hello all -
Hoping I could get some encouraging support about my mother in laws recent diagnosis of ovarian cancer. She was officially diagnosed yesterday....they did not give a stage, but said her tumor marker number is in the 400s, upon pelvic exam could feel several tumors, and she has ascites and severe back pain. My family and I are devastated by this news but also trying to be optimistic. She will have surgery this coming week. He explained she will be in ICU for a few days then the hospital for 7-10. He will remove whatever cancer he can. He fears it has spread to the intestinal tract and said she may have to have some of it removed, and worst case, a bag for the remainder of her life. She will have a CT before surgery to make sure it hasn’t spread to the lungs. She will also have at least 18 weeks of chemo. This has all been so much for us to take in but I was hoping to find some encouraging stories. Any support and advice on how to move forward/ how be there for her would be appreciated...what to say and what not to say to her etc.