Hi I am 52 years old, diagnosed with stage 3/4 , BRCA negative, serous carcinoma in March 2019. Received 6 chemo, 3 pre and 3 post surgery( debulking). Last chemo was done 2 weeks ago and recent CT scan showed no sign for cancer. My medical oncologist told me today that there is chemo break now and we will wait for recurrence. He said recurrence will happen for sure because of high grade but he don’t know when . It could be 2 months or could be 2 years. Is recurrence is a must for high grades? Anyone who has similar type cancer and has no recurrence for more than 2 years. Is prognosis is always poor?
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I was diagnosed last fall (2018) with Stage 4 serous ovarian cancer which had already spread to my liver and abdomen. I know there will be recurrence but am hoping to keep things quiet for as long as possible. Any comments/suggestions?
Just had another CT scan last week; appointment with the oncologist this Thursday to see where we are headed. I will have a liver biopsy sometime in January to identify the specific cancer we are dealing with. No biopsies or surgeries were done at time of diagnosis.
How did it go with doctor on Thursday? I imagine you were rather anxious about it. The question you asked about the CA 125 is a little tricky as it can mean different things depending on the circumstances. Do you have further clarity after seeing the doctor?
My CA 125 has doubled again; now about 6000. My last CT scan showed some new small nodules on my liver so they are ceasing my maintenance treatment of bevacizumab as they suggest it isn't working in light of this new activity. Hoping a liver biopsy can be scheduled in January to determine the specific type of cancer we are dealing with to be able to target it more effectively. In the meantime, waiting and wondering where we are headed and what kind of treatment will be in store for me.. Had really hoped things would stay quiet longer. Feeling good (normal) with no symptoms as yet.
@adfab @laurie @love2run @balbab68 @Flowergirl - do you have any thoughts or encouragement for Shortone?
How are you feeling physically and have you been able to connect with your care team to confirm the recurrence?
Do you have a support team to help share your worries and concerns?
I'll also private message you.
You can search recurrence in the top search bar and see the other comments from those who have dealt with all those issues and concerns around recurrence... hope that is helpful for you.
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