December 3, 2007
Her Life is Forever
My love lost her battle with ovarian cancer last March. She is still so very much much part of my life and that of the lives of our 5 girls.
Marie and I created so many memories these last few years that are more precious than those great times before her diagnosis, in spite of the endless rounds of every type of chemo invented.
Please, stay positive.
November 30, 2005
Ovarian Cancer Treatment: Taxol, Carboplatin and Stem Cell Transplant
A month after surgery, I started the standard first-line therapy of Taxol and Carboplatin. After the standard 6 rounds I was considered to be in clinical remission – no evidence of disease as determined by the current standard methods of detection using a combination CT/PET and CA 125. My doctor suggested two more rounds and then a possible maintenance program of Taxol for 6 more months. Aside from the hair loss, I had few side effects so I seriously considered it. But after doing much research, I opted for a stem cell transplant. There are a couple of hospitals who have done it successfully for ovarian cancer patients. It's a risky treatment but I was willing to take that risk if it worked. I visited with a nationally known doctor for the next step. Although I was in remission, a second look surgery was required before I could qualify for the program. I had the surgery on October 10, 2005 and unfortunately several macroscopic lesions were found. I was no longer eligible for the program that I hoped would save my life or at the very least extend it. But, the doctor advised me that after completing 12 rounds of Taxol (85mg weekly) she would reassess me for the program. As of today, I have finished 6 rounds (halfway there) but my CA 125 has gone up beyond the normal range (78 based on a scale of >35 normal). They may change the treatment if the next CA 125 test is not lower. I continue to keep my fingers crossed and pray everyday that my CA 125 count comes down.