This 17 year old Breast Cancer Survivor will again have to endure a long hard battle. Only this time the fight will be a little harder, not knowing where the primary source is coming from. Diagnosis for now, "Adenocarcinoma of Unknown Primary, Stage 4" "We can do this!"
Endometriosis, Hysterectomy, Breast Cancer, Heart Failure, Defibrillator, Throat Cancer, and now this! Enough Already!!! "I will survive" and "One day at a Time" takes on a new meaning....
Medically she has had a very rough year, starting out with a virus that attacked her heart, causing her heart meds to not work as well as they have over the years, leaving her with a heart infraction of 15-20%. Then shortly after a procrastinated routine colonoscopy, told she has colitis and a couple weeks later having an obstruction in her small intestine. Which led to CT scans, only to find a mass on her right (and only) ovary. the plan was to figure her meds out & cardio therapy & see if they can get her strong enough for surgery to take out the ovary and mass. Mid to Late June she had been retaining water, they drained it and tested it and was all clear. She has not been able to work since April.
Thurs. August 4th she was at her Cardio Therapy appt. - after taking her vitals, her blood pressure was dangerously low and thankfully attached to Unity Hospital admitted her and learned that the mass was actually an abscess which had tripled in size. Now what? Drain it? Take it out, I guess surgery it is at Mercy Hospital set for August 8th, with her team of Doctors. Exploritory of course. Part-way into surgery, they found out the abscess had attached to the large colon and small bowel with scar tissue and if they remove it, they risk a perferation with no way of knowing if they could resect. Had to go with plan B, take samples, there was a small build up of fluid in the abdomen (not normal). They took samples of the fluid and sample of the abscess and tested. Installed drain tubes, to drain the abscess and put in stents in the kidneys ureters. Later that week, test results are in - There are cancer cells in both of the fluid samples. After many tests, blood draws, etc. - Cannot find the Primary Source. Yet.....
Unfortunately, after about 2 weeks in the hospital, she had to go home with the drains still in. Need to make sure the infection with the abscess is under control & healing nicely
Given the Green light to start a treatment plan.
Plan of Attack! They are going to use Ovarian Chemo, as it will hit all suspicious areas within. 6 cycles 3 weeks apart ea. - start date - still to be determined.