Posted by: Sarah | June 17, 2005

Another Trip to Jackson

Saw the gynecologic oncologist today for a follow-up to the ovary surgery. He said things look great, told me I could take the steri-strips off the incision (I’m scared to! it’s a big giant Band-Aid and I’m scared it’ll be ouchy), and said he’d like to hear how I’m doing in the fall when I complete chemo and have the port removed. He said the ovarian cysts were not even pre-cancerous, just innocent little cysts, and there’s no super urgent rush to doing the full hysterectomy.

I asked him about a rumor I heard at the support group meeting the other day (that there’ll be a sort of vaccine that will be released in the next year or so that will reverse the effects of BRCA1) and he said not in the next year, but sometime soon. He did say that there is a new ovarian cancer screening test that he hopes will be available in the U.S. soon — it screens for specific proteins (I think that’s what he said, anyway) and overseas studies have shown it to be far more reliable than the current (and pretty unreliable) ovarian cancer screening tests.

As far as more babies go, he said that he’s fine with whenever the oncologist gives the go-ahead, after chemo. For the record, that likely wouldn’t be for at least a year or two, maybe more. Oh well, a girl can dream about one more baby someday, right?

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