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Posted by Mary Beth on September 26, 2000 at 06:00:40:

In Reply to: Primary peritoneal cancer posted by Diane on May 12, 2000 at 09:07:03:

In October 1997 at the age of 42 I was diagnosed with Primary peritoneal cancer Stage III.
I underwent surgery (hysterectomy, bowel reconstruction, vaginal reconstruction
and colostomy) at the University of Michigan hospital in Ann Arbor, Mi.

I began chemotherapy in November of 97 consisting of Cisplatin and Taxol. Developed
a blood clot in Decmber in my left jugular vein and had to be put on blood thinners. I
had 5 rounds of this therapy until I had to go back into the hospital in May of 98 for
reconstructive colostomy surgery (this surgery was a success!).

In June of 98 I began Topotican therapy as an outpatient. I don't remember how many treatments
I had. At one point my cancer was in remission but has now come back and I am
going through chemo again. I began weekly taxol treatments in Feb of 2000 and am still on this
chemo. CA-125 marker is going down slowly.

If I can be of any help, or encouragement to anyone with this disease please contact me.

Stay strong, keep a postive outlook and FIGHT this terrible disease. I truly believe
your mental attitude has a lot to do with your survivial rate.

God Bless
Mary Beth


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