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    Pratoman, I'm sorry she can't get the surgery...

    Pratoman, I'm sorry she can't get the surgery over with right away. From what I've heard and read it's just as effective to do some chemo first, then surgery, then the rest of the chemo -- but I...
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    Pratoman, I'm so sorry I missed your message when...

    Pratoman, I'm so sorry I missed your message when you first posted.

    Ovarian cancer is a very unique cancer. It has lots of "quirks." Some things that seem to be unbreakable rules with other...
  3. ChemoMan, po18guy, and Kermica, thank you so much...

    ChemoMan, po18guy, and Kermica, thank you so much for your level-headed advice and especially for your humor. Yes, I can leap tall buildings on this dose of prednisone! And it makes me eat.

    I...
  4. Sudden respiratory failure - any experience?

    Ordinarily I post on the ovarian board but I'm looking for a broader base of experience tonight. I checked into the hospital a couple of weeks ago at my onc's suggestion - I was feeling very wiped...
  5. I think you're doing the right thing. Let the...

    I think you're doing the right thing. Let the docs run the tests, and when you're referred, go to the new docs. I know it must seem pretty crazy right now, but each test does help to narrow the...
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    Jackie, they are probably doing tests regularly...

    Jackie, they are probably doing tests regularly to gauge any cumulative side effects. For instance if the chemo reduces the production of red blood cells they will see that in our blood counts, and...
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    I would do the treatment. When the surgeon says...

    I would do the treatment. When the surgeon says he got everything, what he means is he got everything the human eye could see. There have to be more than a billion cells clumped together before the...
  8. Thank you so much for the update. It's really too...

    Thank you so much for the update. It's really too soon to look for information on treatment, because you still don't know what it is. Really -- you do have to wait for the pathology report. Then you...
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    They watch very carefully for complications. ...

    They watch very carefully for complications. They kept me in an observation area for about 3 hours afterwards, just making sure. If a complication does occur you're in expert hands.

    I've...
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    They gave me "twilight sleep" sedatives during...

    They gave me "twilight sleep" sedatives during one of my bronchoscopies. I asked that they let me stay quite alert during the procedure, because I wanted to watch what they saw -- the camera in the...
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    aaronlee, I had surgery on my right lung two...

    aaronlee, I had surgery on my right lung two years ago to remove an aspergillus infection in the apex of the lung. They removed part of a rib. I recovered completely and quickly. This is actually...
  12. I'm not familiar with using Avastin for brain...

    I'm not familiar with using Avastin for brain tumors, but I was given it for ovarian cancer. Most chemos leave the body in hours or a few days, but Avastin sticks around and keeps working for weeks,...
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    Janice, those are good questions to ask the...

    Janice, those are good questions to ask the doctor. My guess is (and I'm not a doctor! This is a guess!) the growth in the liver might be the least difficult place to get a biopsy sample. Once they...
  14. She'll be given tests before the surgery to make...

    She'll be given tests before the surgery to make sure she's well enough for it. It is a big surgery, but it's very do-able. There isn't any way to get a sample of the growths without doing the...
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    I assume the pelvic ultrasound will include a...

    I assume the pelvic ultrasound will include a transvaginal view? That should let them examine the ovaries. We're not doctors. We're just patients. But for what it's worth, it doesn't really sound...
  16. I'm very sorry to hear about the diagnosis. What...

    I'm very sorry to hear about the diagnosis. What do they plan to do from here? I think it's wonderful they were able to relieve the pain and stop the jaundice.
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    And the ultrasound technician may have been...

    And the ultrasound technician may have been marking the location of the original tumor so the radiologist would give those areas special scrutiny. Please wait for the results. Worrying will not help...
  18. I think there are many reasons to have jaundice...

    I think there are many reasons to have jaundice without having cancer. But having jaundice for any reason is an indication that something is very wrong. The important thing is to find out the cause,...
  19. srm9, I'm just repeating what the others have...

    srm9, I'm just repeating what the others have said, but yes, big growths can definitely cause problems without being cancer. The pancreas secretes enzymes which help with digestion. Those enzymes...
  20. What is the specialty of the first doctor? If he...

    What is the specialty of the first doctor? If he is not an oncologist, I would put the surgical oncologist's opinion above his. And please ignore the friend. His relative's experience is not...
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    You haven't said what type of cancer she has or...

    You haven't said what type of cancer she has or what her prognosis is. In general, I would say go to school.
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    I'm glad you're doing so well! My appetite...

    I'm glad you're doing so well! My appetite actually improved during chemo. I have trouble keeping weight on, so that was a nice thing. I'm sorry about the hair. It will grow back, I promise!
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    You were probably given a steroid just before...

    You were probably given a steroid just before chemo. It helps prevent nausea, and I think prevents a reaction to the chemo. That will flush your cheeks for a few days. It also made me retain water...
  24. I am so relieved at your news. You give very...

    I am so relieved at your news. You give very interesting insights about what it all means in the big scheme of things. In my opinion, you are a full-fledged cancer survivor now, and you have nothing...
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    I heard a doctor give a talk on aging once. He...

    I heard a doctor give a talk on aging once. He commented, "Nice people get nicer. Nasty people get nastier." He was partly joking of course, but it seems to me there's some truth in it. I think...
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