Christine was only 30 years old when she started to experience a sharp pain in her right side. It was 2010, and a major snowstorm was expected to hit at any moment. Instead of risking the chance of getting involved in an automobile accident, Christine asked her friend for his medical opinion. Her acquaintance was an emergency room (ER) doctor. He said that she needed to go to the emergency room before the snowstorm made it impossible to drive.
When Christine arrived at the emergency room, the physicians initially thought she had a case of appendicitis. Nevertheless, one of the doctors ordered a biopsy in case something else was the cause of her pain. Her test result showed that she had ovarian cancer. Christine had never expected to receive this type of bad report. The emergency room physicians were equally surprised at the news.
The odd thing was that ovarian cancer did not even run in her family. Christine was dismayed at the report, especially because she was the mother of two young girls. In fact, she spent her entire days taking care of her adorable little daughters and was in the process of nursing her one-year-old daughter.
Christine’s husband accompanied her on various trips to oncology offices. They were desperately trying to find a treatment. One of the oncologists advised her to undergo three chemotherapy sessions over a three-month period. She reluctantly agreed to the treatments. The procedures were almost more than she could bear. Christine looked in the mirror with an expression of horror when she noticed that she was completely bald.
Christine’s next step was to have her ovaries removed. After the operation, she entered a stage of menopause even though she was still a young woman. She was unable to care for her children. When the treatments were finished, Christine initially believed she was out of the woods. Unfortunately, a follow-up appointment at her doctor’s office revealed that the cancer had returned in the form of a tumor. Her physician operated on the tumor. In addition, Christine received more chemotherapy treatments. After she recovered from the surgery, the doctor noticed that the tumor was not gone.
Christine’s physician told her that her body had become resistant to the chemotherapy treatments. The doctor mentioned that it was time to write her last will and testament or create a living trust fund. He said that she only had approximately one month remaining to get her affairs in order.
Although the negative report caused her to feel completely defeated, Christine’s husband was determined to help her overcome the cancer. He wanted to discover an alternative therapy. However, Christine submitted to more chemotherapy treatments hoping that the tumor would shrink.
Next, the doctor performed another surgical procedure to remove the tumor and part of her colon. The surgeon also removed some of her pelvis. After the surgery, she submitted to radiation therapy. The scans indicated that the cancer had disappeared. However, Christine did not feel healthy and kept getting various types of infections. She still had to go to the doctor’s office on a regular basis.
Two years later, Christine was told that the cancer had returned. It was now located in her liver. The surgeon removed the cancerous part of her liver. However, the cancer continued to spread within the liver. Her doctor thought that removing the new tumor was a complicated matter. He told her that the location was in an area that would require cutting into her vena cava vein. However, the surgeon performed a successful operation.
After the removal, the cancer multiplied and entered her lymph nodes. The doctor repeated his former advice to make final arrangements. Nevertheless, Christine was not ready to give up on her life. She thought about the fact that she wanted to raise her two daughters.
Christine and her spouse decided to try an alternative treatment. They went to the Philadelphia location of the Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA). At the center, the doctor recommended genomic testing because the test would offer information about her genes. Once the physician had a better comprehension of her genetic makeup, he would have the ability to find a complementary treatment. Several biopsies were sent to the Foundation Medicine lab. A process known as Foundation One examined her tumor for 315 various genetic profiles.
After the doctors received the test results, they knew which targeted therapy to use for Christine’s treatment. She was instructed to take an oral medication. She has taken the medicine for three years and currently does not have cancer. Christine mentioned that her fondest moment was when she received the test results after she began her targeted treatment. The physicians were overjoyed because the cancer had completely vanished.