At Home on “The Patient Path”

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patient (noun)  an individual awaiting or under medical care and treatment

patient (adjective)  bearing pains or trials calmly or without complaint;  manifesting forbearance under provocation or strain;  not hasty or impetuous;  steadfast despite opposition, difficulty, or adversity

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3 thoughts on “At Home on “The Patient Path””

  1. I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer (stage 3C) in July 2014. I began chemotherapy (carboplatin & taxol) two weeks later (3 sessions w/3 week intervals). On October 30, 2014, I had a hysterectomy (abdominal) and then had nine more sessions of chemo (weekly; one was cancelled because of low white blood cell count). I now see my gynecological-oncologist every 3 months; each exam is preceded by CA125. So far, blood counts are in ‘normal’ range, and exams show no recurrence. YET.

    I am being treated at Kaiser Permanente in Los Angeles, and the care I’ve received has been thorough and prompt and respectful of my requests. My physician is Allison Axtell; I have asked for and received honest and candid answers to my many questions. I do not want platitudes or false promises. I know the likelihood of recurrence is 90%; I understand that treatment IS available. I have been very fortunate because I had no side effects (except for hair loss) from chemo. I am now 74 years old….so far, the cancer is something with which I shall co-exist. Other than buying shampoo, it hasn’t changed my life at all. I hope very much it will be regarded as a chronic disease–one with which we must deal with as needed. All comments and questions are most welcome.

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    1. Wendy,

      Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and your story on The Patient Path. I have long wanted to address ovarian cancer, which, like uterine cancer, is difficult to detect because no reliable screening techniques yet exist. I recognize that ovarian cancer is riskier in terms of “cures” and “survival rates,” and I applaud your bold approach to managing yours.

      It is my hope that this is the beginning of more sharing from others about gynecologic cancers.

      I will be in further touch with you by email.

      Thank you again.

      Pamela

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      1. Thank you, Pamela. The statistics for recurrence for many gynecologic cancers are grim, and I wish for aggressive research into early diagnosis. I had NO idea, and (there is humor in this) found a lump in my groin 2 days after a facelift. Figured it was just an enlarged lymph node from surgery. No. It most definitely was not. But, at least I had the chemo and surgery with fewer wrinkles.

        I’ll look forward to hearing from you and others.

        Wendy Tucker

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