Cancer

THE DIAGNOSIS

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.

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TIMELINE OF TREATMENTS

2014

  • 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
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  • August: PowerPort installation in my chest for administration of chemotherapy
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  • August – October: 4 rounds of systemic chemotherapy, administered every 3 weeks via PowerPort
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  • November: PET/CT scan showing no signs of disease
  • December: Surgery to remove PowerPort

2015

  • PET/CT scans every 3 months showing no signs of disease

    2016

  • 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)
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  • April: MRI showing no signs of disease
  • July: MRI showing no signs of disease
  • OctoberDisease is reappearing

    2017

  • February: Next MRI scan, end of “watch & wait” period

Read more about my experiences in the Cancer Chronicles section.