Monday, March 4, 2013

Doctor update

Mom had a visit with Dr. Porubcin last Thursday and he was very happy with her overall blood counts and CA125... it went down slightly to 31. That is very good news since the last time she met with him it had went up slightly. 

She does not have any other symptoms so that is another good sign that the cancer is under control. The possibility of doing any more chemo treatments has been pushed back indefinitely so mom can enjoy the spring (when it gets here) and not have to worry about treatments on the horizon. 

Dr. Porubcin still likes to joke about her cough though! The man has a sense of humor. 

Mom is thinking about getting the genetic testing done sometime later this spring. Her insurance will cover it (the cost is about $3,000 I think I heard). Overall she doesn't fall into the category... according to the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance, about 10-15% of women diagnosed with ovarian cancer have a hereditary tendency to develop the disease... and Eastern European women and women of a certain Jewish descent are at the high risk of carrying the gene mutations. I don't believe we have any Jewish decendents in the family and our ancestors are to my knowledge all Western European (Irish and German). BUT, as we have known all along... Dr. Mullin and Dr. Porubcin have said that my mom is NOT NORMAL and everything thus far has been out of the norm. So we shall see what surfaces, and then go from there. 


  1. I encourage your mom to get the genetic testing even though the percentage is low. I did it so I would have information for my children and grandchildren.
    Happy to hear the good news.

  2. Thanks Karen - I think that is a good idea too!