I have a friend in my local support group diagnosed at stage 3c. She has been in full remission with no evidence of disease for around 4 years, She continues to look and feel great. Marie
Me for what it is worth,,alot!
My recurrence was restaged as stage iv because my ovca recurred in my liver...no where else. After my 12th chemo on March 9th,2009 I had a PET scan in May 2009 and it was clear. So officially I have been in remission since March 9th...ct scan in February09 was clear also. I know 5 months isn't very long but I have been enjoying living cancer free to the fullest. I have another ct scan on Aug 21,2009. My recurrence occured 15 months after intial treatment and my onc says if I stay cancer free for two years...then there is only a low chance of my ovca returning...so keeping my fingers crossed until march 2011. Good Luck...here's hoping you all the best and a cancer free future. : )
I can't answer this question Mel, but saw you had posted and just wanted to ask how you are??
A friend of mine, also a fellow volunteer, is 22 years out stage 3B....there is another woman in our group that is 3.5 years stage IV. We did lose a friend after 9 years, stage IV.....remember that stats are only numbers and there are many people that are the winning sides of the odds...it could be you!!!!
i was diag last year in april with stage 4-i was down to 103 pounds from 155 3 months before,i don't remember the trip to the hosp nor the week to follow - etc but finally had a radical hysterectomy in january, finished 9 chemos. so it hasn't been long but the last ct scan looked good per my doctor-my ca 125 is down to 11.
i still have my port in my upper chest- and might need a blood transfusion one in a while-i have developed a live for the day -if possible attitude. when ever possible-but i live in fear .and its always on my mind- i took a while to get up and get out- i ha d to remember how to think like a well person-i really had to work at it- .and when i finally got in the car and drove for the first time is a year,
it felt strange.had to get my confidence back,i am on anti depressants otherwise
i don;t think i could have snapped out of my fog--my hope for all of us to be able to return to our life . thanks sheri
regain our life and strength.
Mom's last chemo was Dec 24 2008. CA free since then. Doc added 2 more chemos in Feb and March as standard for them is now 8, not 6.( we saw CT and CA 125 AND SHE WAS NED AT THAT TIME) Dx in July of 2008 ; 3 rounds of chemo then surgery in Sept., then 3 more rounds of chemo.
I am assuming "remission" is measured from last chemo??
I was diagnosed in May 2007 with 3c. I had the usual surgery and 6 rounds of IV/IP chemo. My CA125 has not been above 5 since July 2007 after 2 rounds of chemo. My PET/CAT in Nov of 2007 was negative. I guess you would call it complete remission. However, I had several feet of intestine removed after bowel obstruction as a side effect of chemo. I still have my chest port "just in case". I feel pretty good and walk 3 miles a day. I consider myself very lucky. I realize that recurrence is not only possible but likely. We all belong to a club that no one wants to join. We have a bond of suffering,love and hope. I wish you all days of peace, happiness and beauty.
My mother was stage 3C and is now nearly 7 years in remission after surgery and a single course of Carboplatin only.
She's also a Breast Cancer Survivor (yes we have a BRCA gene) .
bump up- inspiration is priceless!
How are you going Mel? :-)
I work with a woman who was stage 3 at age 37 -- that was 11 years ago and she has never had a reoccurence.