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  #1  
Unread 06-20-2001, 05:58 PM
ovarian cancer

I've been reading these boards for over a month and have found them so helpful.
I finally decided to make my first post in a quest for support. On May 31st I had a TAH with BSO.
The verdict was Stage III ovarian cancer. Cancer in both ovaries and one lymph node. All other
path reports were clean. My gyn onco surgeon and ovarian oncologist are extremely optimistic.
I go to cancer hospital where I will head early Friday morning to have a port inserted in my chest.
Then Friday afternoon I get my first chemo treatment. The plan is Taxol and carboplatin for six to eight
treatments. I was not eligible for a study group due to a high platelet count. Oh well, I hope these
two drugs do it for me. Any words of encouragement would be so appreciated!!! YOu are all
just the best!!!! By the way, I am 49 years old, married, mother of two sons. And fit none of the
factors for those likely to get ovarian cancer.
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  #2  
Unread 06-20-2001, 06:30 PM
ovarian cancer



Welcome to the group! I'm glad you said hi!

A friend of mine is going through chemo now, and she's actually feeling pretty good most of the time, so it's come a long way over the years--particularly with the anti-nausea medicine to go with it.

I'm glad that your doctors feel good about it. You know we'll be rooting for you! Keep us posted.
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Unread 06-20-2001, 06:38 PM
ovarian cancer

Hugs (((Karen))))

Welcome!!
So glad you found us.
I am very sorry for your diagnosis, but it certainly sounds like you are getting the best of care.

I didn't have the port inserted for my chemo. I used to get the needle in the hand every visit......its wasn't so bad, luckily I have raised veins so they never had a problem getting the IV started.

I was on Cisplatin, Etoposide and Bleomycin, and had about 28 days of it over the course of about 70 days. Can't say it was a picnic, but it worked!!!! And that is the main thing right!

Its great that your specialists are optomistic......they are the experts, and know their stuff!!

Good luck Friday, and again Karen, so glad you found this site. You will find just a ton of support and we never run outta hugs either!!!
Keeping you in my prayers!
Maria xo
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Unread 06-20-2001, 09:33 PM
ovarian cancer

{{Karen}}

I'm so glad you've found us and posted. I know getting a cancer diagnosis can be a very scary thing to get. The times have changed however and this can be beat!

I also was diagnosed with stage III Ovarian last April. I, too, had the Carboplatin and Taxol during my first round of chemo. I had 6 treatments of the combo, once every three weeks. My Dr had me stay overnight each time as the treatments took quite a while and it was easier to just stay till morning when finished.

I was given several anti-nausea meds to combat any nausea I had and for me, they worked wonderfully. I did have nausea but it never went beyond that once during the whole treatment length. Among them were, Zofran, Kytril and Ativan. The Ativan made me so I only used that at night or when off work. The one thing about these meds however, is they can cause some constipation so be prepared just in case.

I didn't have the port inserted at that time since I had such good veins but do have one now, inserted in my arm. I'm not sure how the chest port differs in getting inserted vs. the arm port but make sure you take it easy after. I was quite a bit sore for a few days after receiving it.

The one thing I've found when talking to the different ladies who've also gone through this is that just like everything else, everyones experience with chemo can differ. We would all be more than willing to share our experiences with you, especially to avoid mistakes I know I made!

It sounds like you have some wonderful Dr's working with you, that's wonderful! Take to heart their optimistic attitude, its one of the most important things you can do. One of my Dr's put it wonderfully, he said, they now look at this as more of a "chronic illness" that will eventually be beat! I loved that and repeat it often!

I can tell you, I'm now four months out from completing my second round of chemo and feel wonderful! Even gone out a couple of times! I figured it may take a few months out of my life but that's it! The rest is MINE!

Please feel free to post or email any questions you may have and please keep us posted on how you're doing. Best to you on Friday, we'll be keeping you in our thoughts and prayers!



Vicki
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Unread 06-21-2001, 07:33 AM
ovarian cancer

Karen,

So glad you found your way here. As you can see there are some wonderful women that have been through similar situations and can be a great support.

I had uterine cancer that was treated with Tah/BSO and then radiation. So I don't have alot to add as far as having similar treatments. But finding out you have cancer and how you deal with it is something we all share.

I hope you find comfort from the ladies here and I just want to let you know that I'm thinking of you and will be praying for you.
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Unread 06-21-2001, 02:50 PM
ovarian cancer

Hi Karen--

I, too, was diagnosed with stage III ovarian cancer -- it was diagnosed last July. I went through six cycles of Taxol and carboplatin along with the TAHBSO and am happy to report that I am now cancer free (praise the Lord!!!!!!) I just want you to know that if I can do it, YOU can do it!!!!!!!!! I also fit none of the risk factors for ovarian cancer (I was 39 when I was diagnosed), so it was quite surprising, to say the least. It's good you're getting the port -- that will save you a lot of needle sticks and after a while, it will just seem like a part of your body. It's also great that your doctors are being so optimistic -- that's really important (my doctors were more optimistic than I was, in fact)!! You will get through this, trust me. Keep us posted on how you are doing and let us know if you have any questions or need any support -- there are a lot of great ladies here with a lot of good advice.

Love,

Cyndy
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Unread 06-21-2001, 05:30 PM
ovarian cancer

Thanks so much for the replies above. Your encouraging words just mean the
world to me. I'll let you know how it goes tomorrow. ( port insertion and first
chemo) oxoxoxoxkaren
  #8  
Unread 06-21-2001, 08:35 PM
ovarian cancer

I wanted to let you know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. I am so glad that you found us here and I am sure that you will find the ladies so supportive. I can't give you any personal experience on the treatments and such, I was diagnosed carcinoma in situ, but I can be here to hold a hand and lend an ear or shoulder if you need one!! Remember that you have lots of ladies thinking of you tomorrow!!
  #9  
Unread 06-22-2001, 07:32 AM
ovarian cancer

I'll be thinking of you today, Karen! Good luck!
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