I'm looking for any encouraging stories of people who know someone who was diagnosed with terminal cancer and lived much longer than what the Doctors expected. Also looking to hear if any of them done clinical trials of new drugs and whether or not they helped?
My mom was diagnosed with ovarian cancer last April and had surgery to remove the cells. The surgery was considered a success and all follow up appointments and tests showed nothing. In February of this year, my mom found out that the cancer mysteriously returned and spread to the mucus lining of the abdominal wall. We were warned that the cancer was highly aggressive and that it doesn't usually respond to chemotherapy.
On Good Friday the Doctors told us that the cancer isn't responding to the chemotherapy after only two treatments, and while it hasn't spread any further in the last 2 months they will not be doing any additional treatments and will effectively let her die. That's news you never want to hear and I was the unfortunate one to have to tell my dad and sister as they were not present at the meeting.
The Doctors haven't given us any timelines, although the palliative care nurses are meeting with my mom today to help her understand the whole transition and what not. From speaking with the Doctors they don't want to give a timeline at all and from what I gather, the cancer hasn't spread to any of the vitals yet but it's only a matter of time until it gets to that point.
I was instructed by my best friend, who's actually an oncology nurse to get a second opinion on the treatment options. After discussing it with the family and explaining that the second opinion very well may have the same outcome as the first, my mom agreed to let me put in a request to have her transferred to one of the leading cancer centres in Canada.
We're just waiting for the transfer to go through and see if she's eligible for any of the clinical trials currently accepting patients. I figure as long as it hasn't spread to the vitals and she's willing to put up a fight, we don't have anything to lose. Right?
(I don't know if I'll be able to respond to this thread and/or certain replies because it's extremely hard for me at the moment, but I will read everything and sincerely appreciate any positive stories even if I don't acknowledge them. My friends are having a very difficult time trying to relate with me on this, so I figured I would try my luck with random strangers...)