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    Stage 2 Ovarian Cancer Treatment

    My wife has stage 2 ovarian cancer.
    She had total hysterectomy and all tumers were successfully removed.
    One tumer in right overary and some growth around the cervex.

    They want to do 28 days of targeted radiation followed by 3 rounds of chemo.

    Does this seem kinda radical?
    Seems radical to me that she is tumor free but they still want to do same treatment as if she had tumors remaining.
    They didnt even scrape, they all came out with the hysterectomy.

    I am so scared for my wife

    sorry about my spelling

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    Administrator Top User lisa1962's Avatar
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    Sorry that you are so worried but understandably so given it is your wife. While I can not really offer much knowledge when it comes to this specific type of cancer I tend to think it is not uncommon what the medical team is suggesting. It sounds almost like insurance in case there are any cell left behind.

    I am sure that others who have more of an understanding about ovarian cancer will chime in once there are available and sign on. Check back often for those responses.


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    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 eye can see it. The fact that she had more than one tumor means the cells had already scattered. The treatments will kill off the microscopic bits. You only get one chance to stop the cancer in its tracks, and this is it.

    She's really lucky to have caught it at Stage 2. Chemo really is not bad -- and the three treatments will be over before you know it. Best of luck to her!
    Diagnosed with stage 2c papillary serous cystadenoma borderline malignancy of the ovary in 2009. Hysterectomy, omenectomy, appendectomy, debulking.
    - 2010 - laparoscopy showed inoperable recurrence, so started chemo.
    - Frontline chemo - carboplatin and cyclophosphamide, six cycles
    - Additional chemo regimens: Avastin - ten cycles; Weekly Topotecan - 4 cycles.
    - Spring 2012 developed pleural nodules. Topotecan plus Avastin - 1year.
    - April, 2014, had surgery to remove Aspergillus infection from right lung.
    - September, 2015, started on Megace because my tumors are PR positive. Stopped Megace after three months.
    - September, 2016, hospitalized for shortness of breath and back pain.
    - September, 2016, respiratory failure reversed with prednisone. Maintaining on 50 mg Prednisone per day and supplemental O2.
    - October, 2016 left hospital with no supplemental oxygen. Feeling great! Will start tapering off the prednisone Oct. 10.

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    Moderator Top User jorola's Avatar
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    Hi there

    I know you are scared. You love your wife and you do not want to lose her.

    But please know that stage 2 is very curable. I know is seems overkill and the choice is up to her but chemo and radiation would help to ensure all the cancer cells are gone and this will prevent any re-occurrence or spreading.

    I encourage you both, if she has concerns, with your support, have her speak to her doctor about why this course of action is recommended. Talk about the risks and the pros. Let her make an informed decision.

    We are here to support you both.

    Wife to husband with squamous lung cancer stage 3 b
    dx - April 20/14
    tx started May 20/14 - radiation and chemo
    June 23 - chemo finished
    June 24 - tumor 1/3 the original size
    July 4 - radiation finished
    July 8 - PET scan shows tumor almost gone, lymph nodes back to normal
    Married July 19/14
    Sept 9/14 - repeat can shows tumor continues to shrink more, no new spots. New coughing and pain due to chest infection or side effect of radiation.
    Sept 19/14 - not infection but pneumonitis, place on dex for 4 weeks
    Oct 22/14 - now off of dex and facing even more symptoms of withdrawal
    Dec 16/14 - pretty much nothing left but a scar
    April 7/15 - ditto scan and screw you stats
    Oct 6/15 - more scarring but still cancer still gone
    Feb 2016 -scan the same
    Aug 2016 - more of the same
    Aug 2017 - and ditto


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