My wife was diagnosed with stage III Ovarian cancer in July, 2002. She underwent surgery and a regimen of chemo consisting of Taxol, Carboplatin, and Gemzar for seven treatments each. In remission for six years then recurred August 2008. Tried Taxol and Carboplatin for three treatments but reaction to Carbo and had to drop Carbo. Stayed on Taxol for three more times and after ct scan found that of seven lymph tumors three had disappeared and four had shrunk substantially. Now on only Gemzar for six treatments of which she has completed three. Should she expect good results from this regimen? She is now saying that whether tumors have/have not disappeared she wants to stop when finished. She is unbelievably upbeat, always has been, but wants quality of life now without further drugs!
Your wife had a good response to the Taxol, Carboplatin, gemcitabine combination chemotherapy in 2002 and was in remission for six years. Currently, the response to the Taxol also appears to be good. It is difficult to say how she will respond the Gemcitabine (Gemzar) alone. Since she has already completed three cycles with Gemcitabine, another reassessment with CA125 and CT scan may be done to measure the response and further treatment can be decided based on the results.
All the best, and God Bless!
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