After I reported an instance of intense abdominal pain during my annual exam, my gynecologist performed an ultrasound that revealed an enlarged ovary, and took biopsies during a laparoscopic surgery. These biopsies led to my diagnosis.
TIMELINE OF TREATMENTS
- April: Laparoscopic surgery to take biopsies
- May: Diagnosis, Well-Differentiated Papillary Mesothelioma
- July: Major debulking surgery throughout my abdomen to remove cancerous areas and several organs
- August: PowerPort installation in my chest for administration of chemotherapy
- August – October: 4 rounds of systemic chemotherapy, administered every 3 weeks via PowerPort
- November: PET/CT scan showing no signs of disease
- December: Surgery to remove PowerPort
- PET/CT scans every 3 months showing no signs of disease
- January: PET/CT scan showing disease had returned
- February: A second debulking surgery throughout my abdomen including full hysterectomy as well as Heated Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy (HIPEC)
- April: MRI showing no signs of disease
- July: MRI showing no signs of disease
- October: Disease is reappearing?
- February: MRI scan, everything is stable.
- May: MRI scan, everything still stable. Disease may merely be post-surgical fluid collection.
- August/September: MRI TBD