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Ovarian cancer.

18 Aug 2019 17:31

Hi my mum has terminal ovarian cancer. The cancer has spread but stable apparently since previous scan. Her consaultant said she expected mum to develop symptoms with in the next few months and with out treatment she would only have a few months from then. Am I right in thinking when ovarian cancer takes hold it can go quickly? I want to be prepared for what’s to come. Mum feels so well at there moment and has no symptoms. How can it be right she only has 6 months left? Or am I getting this all wrong? 

Ovarian cancer.

20 Aug 2019 10:40 in response to preparing

Hello and thanks for posting on the forum,

I am so sorry to hear about your mum.  This must be a difficult time for your family. 

Unfortunately when ovarian cancer is at an advanced stage it can be difficult to control. I can understand that it can be hard to get your head around the situation when your mum  feels so well at the moment.  We do have some information on our website about treatment for advanced ovarian cancer.  Have a look here

https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/ovarian-cancer/treatment/t...

When her consultant talked about your mum's prognosis (outlook) this was based on patients who have been in a similar situation with the same advanced disease.  I can understand that this must be difficult to hear. I am not sure whether your mum has been given any support at home such as a palliative care nurse.  They are very good at helping support you all over the next few months.

It may be a good idea for your mum to go and see her GP to see what help is available for her at home.  We do have some information on our website about the different support that might be available.  Have a look here

https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/coping/practically/support...

The charity Marie Curie also have some practical help which you might find helpful to have a look at.  Have a look here

https://www.mariecurie.org.uk/help/support/being-there/end-of-life-prepa...

Do try and get support from your family and friends.

I can understand that this is a painful subject to discuss.  If you would find it helpful to go through any of this then please do give us a ring.  You may find it helpful to talk things through with one of the nurses on our helpline.  The number to call is Freephone 0808 800 4040 and the lines are open from 9am till 5pm Monday to Friday.

Best Wishes,

Catherine