PART 1: CANCER STORY
Here is the story of a host getting a special cancer called serous carcinoma. Over the course of a few weeks, my host, aged 57, started feeling pressure in her lower back. She thought it very weird, but continued with her life. She then started losing her appetite and nausea. She decided to go to the doctor. But by the time she went, it was too late to do anything.
I, being a nearby pelvic cell, saw it all—tumours growing too fast and for too long to be able to do anything about it. The outside of both ovaries (the epithelium) were overtaken. The cancer had even reached the pelvic lymph nodes. I could hear her ask the doctor what she thought could be the reason for this. The doctor told her that it was probably because she had Lynch syndrome, a disease which causes many different cancers, and is a change in a few different genes.
They tried getting her on neoadjuvant chemotherapy as fast as possible, and prepare for her surgery. The surgeons decided to go for cytoreductive surgery, just to be safe. After removing all the tumours, they put her on adjuvant chemotherapy. The doctors were scared, since ovarian cancers only have a 20% survival rate. But my host was lucky—she survived. The cancer came back 4 years later, but this time she wasn’t so lucky. She died after a year of trying to get rid of it, but fought the whole way.
PART 2: MAKING OF THE CANCER STORY
- 1. What questions did you have to ask?– What cells are affected?
– What is the tumor development?
– What are some signs and symptoms?
– What is the treatment?
– Some stats
– Risk factors
– What is lynch syndrome?
2. What tools did you have to use?
– I didn’t explore with what I used (Google)
– I tried looking for youtube videos to help me, but nothing I found related to what I needed
3. How did you verify and cite the information?
– The sites I used were either recommended to us or seemed trustworthy
Canadian Cancer Society. “What Is Ovarian Cancer?” Www.cancer.ca. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 May 2017.
Lengyel, Ernst. “Ovarian Cancer Development and Metastasis.” The American Journal of Pathology. American Society for Investigative Pathology, Sept. 2010. Web. 24 May 2017.
“Ovarian Cancer Symptoms & Signs.” CancerCenter.com. N.p., 04 Feb. 2016. Web. 24 May 2017.
“Ovarian, Fallopian Tube, and Peritoneal Cancer: Treatment Options.” Cancer.Net. N.p., 30 Mar. 2017. Web. 24 May 2017.