I am 72 years old, I have never been sick, never had an operation and have all my parts, so when my stomach swelled and I couldn't really eat I went for an X-Ray and I had a fluid build up and end-stage OC. WHAT? They drained the fluid, but of course it comes back, a tumor on my overy that has spread to stomach, liver, chest and who knows where else. They want to do surgery and chemo and I questioned chemo and was told with surgey alone it would come back in 3 months. With chemo (which could be a 6 month treatment) they couldn't say how long. So many people go through all that and it returns, I know it's going to kill me, so how far do you go? I am very confused because quality of life is slipping away and I am getting older. If I were young, no question, but I live alone, no close relatives near, some good friends, it all seems so useless to take a journey of suffering now.View Thread
I have some good news, I have a great oncologist, a good team including a surgeon. I am starting a 3 round course of chemo, then surgery, then 3 more courses. I had the first last week and I swear I felt it work immediately. My breathing is better, my stomach mass is less and although some days were rough, I feel so much better just a week later. I am also in a clinical trail where they will make a vaccine from my tumor and after gene manipulation and radiation will give it to me as a vaccine and my own body will form anti-bodies against future cancer cells. When I wrote here it was after my initial diagnosis, but I have turned around. I see now quality of life has to do with the mind/body combonation and now I feel realy to see the journey as a callenge against cancer. I am optimistic of a good outcome and I have great support from friends and fanily, I am not afaraid and actually am excited for the trial! Thanks for your reply, I am now feeling much younger than 72!View Thread
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