Ovarian cancer hard to detect
“I feel very blessed. The doctor said for me to thank the God above”
Thursday, May 01, 2008 Story last updated at 5/1/2008 - 1:58 am Ovarian cancer was once known as a "silent killer" because it was believed that it caused no symptoms. via Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
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#1 May 5, 2008
Ovarian cancer can be detected prior to stage 3. Women, when you have blood work, ask the doctor to add CA-125 to the test. This can be an a guide, If youre over 10, get a CT scan or a PET scan. Something to keep in mind though. My wife was considered a cancer survivor of Uterine and Ovarian cancer. She was Diagnosed in 1997. She underwent a full hysterectomy plus the ovaries and all surrounding tissue. The washings were all clean and there was no lymph node invasion. She underwent chemotherapy treatment of Taxal and Carboplatin for 6 treatments, three weeks apart. As of November, of 2007 she was diagnosed with a re-occurrence of the ovarian cancer. She had 2 nodules about 2 centimeters in size each. The surgeon de-bulked the area, but saw some cancer cells on the colon and diaphragm. She began the chemotherapy again in January 2008. After 4 treatments, her CA-125 marker was on the increase, 188, 220, 1260, and 2025 after the fourth treatment. By this time, she was severely constipated and could not keep any food down. She was hospitalized in March, just before Easter. She is still in the hospital today. Since then, everything was attempted to remove a blockage that had formed in the colon. All non-surgical attempts had failed so surgery was planned. Her blockage is clear but the doctors discovery was horrible. She needed a colostomy. The doctor was also unable to remove the cancer that had grown since the surgery last fall. The intestines were covered with cancer to the point that they were fused together into a frozen abdomen which means that nothing can be removed unless all the intestines are removed. Therefore we now need to rely on Chemotherapy for any hope, yet we know what happened from the chemo. My wife was 34 when she was first diagnosed. She is 46 now, and might not make it to 47. What I am trying to say here is that just because you had a successful battle doesnt mean that you have won the war. If the doctor prescribes chemotherapy, then chances are that they did not remove all the cancer. Ask you doctor questions and do your own research. Doctors are not Gods so dont treat them as if they are. Dont get me wrong, if it were not for the doctors on her case, she would not be here today. Keep up on your testing. Doctors, please continue your research. I know that putting an end to cancer will put some people out of work, but whichone is the actual goal.
Since: May 08
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