My Life Changed After Ovarian Cancer > Ovarian Cancer Treatment: Taxol, Carboplatin and Stem Cell Transplant

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.

Posted by Marie Claire | Filed under: Treatment

Comments

Keep up the fight. My mother was diagnosed over four years ago and though things look grim, we keep fighting this disease with all we have.

Posted by: James at January 2, 2006 6:29 AM

My thoughts are with you, my mom was also diagnosed at age 49. Unfortunately she lost her hard fought battle in August of 2004 at 51 years old, way too young.
Strength to you in your battle.

Posted by: Jennifer at January 5, 2006 5:29 PM

My prayers are with you. My mother was recently diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer, Stage 3C. I am wondering how you are doing?

Posted by: Marcie at February 1, 2006 6:52 PM

I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer stage 3C on November 22 2005. I did 6 rounds of chemo,taxol and Carboplatin after radical surgery. I am four months out of treatment and my ca-125 looks good. Did your CA- 125 look good before you had your look see surgery? In other words was it accurate? I wish you all the prayers and love we can share with each other. I know how you have felt. It has been quite a ride hasn't it. An up and down roller coaster of emotions. God is in control. God bless you.

Posted by: Michelle Abbott at November 9, 2006 2:25 PM




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