• Does anyone else have a problem generally with breathlessness?  In my case it is not actually linked to the levels of oxygen in  the blood which are 99-100%.  It comes and goes and gets worse with activities like walking upstairs and gardening. I have been having chemo (carbo/gemcitabine) again for a re-currence and the oncology nurses said it wa…[Read more]

  • I do have a stoma/colostomy bag after an op for an OVC tumour.  I don’t do regular swimming but on a recent trip to Port Douglas we went on a snorkelling trip.  It doesn’t have to be a problem depending on your stoma supplies.  Here is a useful link: https://healdove.com/misc/colostomy-patient_swimming-with-a-colostomy-bag

    Take care,

    Sara

  • Sara replied to the topic Again… in the forum Curious 2 years, 8 months ago

    I have had both CT and PET scans.  My understanding is that PET & MRI scans are able to show smaller size tumours than CT scans.  The procedure for a PET scan (https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/conditionsandtreatments/pet-scan) is rather more complicated and needs greater preparation time than a CT scan.  Some scans also do a co…[Read more]

  • Sara replied to the topic Hello from Sara in the forum Say Hi Here! 2 years, 8 months ago

    Thanks for your reply Christine.  We celebrated Chanukah!

    Glad to hear that you have had a risk reducing total hysterectomy last year.  I wish I had also known my BRCA 1 status and been able to take preventative actions.

    Do you have a family history of breast/ovarian cancer?  In my case my mother died at 40 from what I was told was “stomach” ca…[Read more]

  • Sara started the topic Hello from Sara in the forum Say Hi Here! 2 years, 8 months ago

    My name is Sara Elkas and I am a 67 year old woman living with my same-sex partner of 22 years in Melbourne.  We have 9 grandchildren!  I was born in Israel and came to Australia in 1969.  I worked as an occupational therapist but retired in Dec 2014.

    I was diagnosed with high grade serous stage 2b ovarian cancer in Oct 2013 not because I had the…[Read more]

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