Surgery for recurrence?

Has anyone had surgery for their 1st recurrence?  If it wasn’t an option, what was the reasoning behind that decision?


  • Hello @LUCY_BC I did not have a surgery for the 1st or the following 2 recurrences although it was considered by my surgeon at PMH. The reason being is the place where tumours are located (just around the liver) and the fact that there are a few deposits. In other words, it is not very local and in the place easy and safe to reach. 
  • It's often the configuration of the cancer or location relative to critical organs or nerves.  For me, my OVC is not distinct tumours. I have bands of cancer cells, most inactive and the active ones are what they track.  Impossible to remove the bands unfortunately.  But chemo is very effective at keeping the dormant cells dormant and shrinking the active cells.  

    There are standards of treatment but no "one size fits all".  Even within same Types and stageing there are differences between survivors where treatment has to be customized to the individual. 
  • I had a radical hysterectomy in response to my 1st reocurrance. Surgery was April 2022 and they could not get it all because I have mets throughout my reproductive area, abdomen and lungs. I feel SO MUCH better, once recovered from the surgery...which did take a a full 8 weeks. The exhaustion I felt, following surgery was next level so...I rested, slept and took small walks every day.  I'm now doing more rounds of weekly chemo...which I started within 3 weeks of my surgery day. 
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