I am 40 years old and I was diagnosed with ovca January 2010 after my OBGYN misdiagnosed me despite ultrasound and CA125 levels of 171 with having just a cyst. In January I had a laparoskopy done to remove the cyst and thats when they found the cancer. The doctors closed me up and 3 weeks later a gyn/oncologist performed the surgery and I had a total hysterectomy (including ovaries, fallopian tubes, womb and cervix), removal of omentum, apendix, lymph nodes, and various metastasis in the diaphragm, and peritonal cavity. Optimal debulking was archieved. I was staged IIIc. CA125 dropped to 25 after surgery. After 3 rounds of carboplatin/taxol my CA125 is down to 7.
I am confused about various things regarding my cancer:
1. My doctor and the surgical pathology report say that I have "low grade ovarian serous carcinoma arrising in a background of papillary serous borderline tumor" Under the type of tumor it says epithelial, serous carcinoma. What does that mean?What is my chance of not having recurrence or survival?
2. Did I do the right thing to have a total histerectomy? I really wanted a baby. Could I somehow have done something different besides this radical surgery and had a baby?
3. I had round 3 of 6 rounds of chemo. My doctor at UCSF Helen Diller Cancer Center wants me to go on a trial for Pazopanib after I am done with my initial chemo. The confusing part is that the doctor told me if I only had borderline, I didn't need to do any chemo and I only went on chemo because I had the low grade in the background of borderline.
Does it make sense to go on the Pazopanib trial for a year taking a pill every day?
Thanks for any help with these questions.