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Unread 11-05-2003, 03:52 PM
So Tired of Bad News

Hi, Nancy!

I also had one positive lymph node. My cancer was more advanced than yours was anyway, but the lymph node made things a bit worse, and changed my recurrence statistics from 50/50 to 75/25.

I was offered a clinical trial and almost did it. However, there were five potential combinations of drugs, and I did not want to get randomized to one particular arm that featured one particular drug.

The difference with what you are being offered is that you are being offered a proven drug -- Paclitaxel, which is part of the ovarian cancer "gold standard" chemo regime. Its side effects are well known. Doxorubicin and Cisplatin will be difficult. But adding Taxol to the combination might be worthwhile. It's really up to you.

Every chemo is hard. There just doesn't seem to be any "easy" chemo. From what I've heard, Cisplatin can be difficult, but it tends to work very well.

I wish you much luck as you try to sort through information and make the best decision for your particular case. Do try to get a second opinion (if you feel that would be valuable). I had two doctors tell me that I had one red and swollen lymph node, and the path report said that it was cancerous, so I did not opt to get a second opinion. I chose to trust those opinions. But my "interior view" was different than yours. I would've had to do the exact same chemo even without the positive lymph node, and my stage would have been the same.

Sorry you're having to go through all of this!

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Unread 11-05-2003, 04:35 PM
So Tired of Bad News

Hi Nancy
I am so sorry that you have to go through this. It is a shock to you right now but somehow I know you will get he inner strength to fight this. I don't know where it comes from but you just wake up one morning and say I won't let this beat me and you concentate on recovery.

I will "" that you get the courage and strengh you need to deal with this. Know that we are all here for you
Unread 11-07-2003, 11:33 AM

I have decided to go with the clinical trial. My gyn/onc strongly advises it.
And he says that even if i didn't do the trial.....he might decide to use the same drugs anyway if he feels it is best for my outcome.

So....that pretty well settled it

I just this morning received a packet of forms to fill out from my radialogist. I meet with him Monday afternoon. We will be setting up my schedule for the five weeks of radiation then.
I'm trying to concentrate fully on that right now, but it's hard to keep it out of my worriful mind about the upcoming chemo that will be given after the radiation.

Thank you all so much and as always, any info you can share concerning radiation to the pelvic area and/or chemo treatments with doxorubicin(adriamycin), cisplatin and Taxol.......I appreciate your sharing.

Blessings to you all,
nancy j
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Unread 11-08-2003, 02:51 PM
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