On January 9, 2012, Wendy Perry felt sick to her stomach and had respiratory issues. She went to her primary care physician, who diagnosed her with an upper respiratory infection and a bacterial infection. She returned to work the next day, but was too sick to work two days after that.
By Saturday, she was “almost lifeless,” and her sister called 911 for help. EMS took Perry to Piedmont Henry Hospital for evaluation.
“That’s where they diagnosed me with stage III ovarian cancer,” she says.
The physician told her she had a gall stone, but “that was the least of her worries.”
They had found a 12-centimeter tumor on her left ovary.
“She said, ‘That means you have ovarian cancer – and it’s not good.’"
Dr. McBroom told Perry she was malnourished from the cancer, so he focused on rebuilding her strength before performing surgery.
When Perry was strong enough, Dr. McBroom performed a complete hysterectomy, followed by HIPEC (heated intraperitoneal chemoperfusion, a heated chemotherapy treatment performed during surgery) for 90 minutes.
HIPEC kills microscopic cancer cells that cannot be removed during surgery.
“It killed a lot of the cancer,” says Perry. “Dr. McBroom said the HIPEC was really productive in my surgery. That was my first chemo session.”
A month after surgery and HIPEC, Perry began a second round of chemotherapy.
She says she doesn’t know if she would be where she is today if it weren’t for Dr. McBroom’s expertise.
“My care at Piedmont was excellent,” she says. “I have had wonderful nurses and a wonderful doctor. I couldn’t ask for anything better with Piedmont. I’m spoiled now – I couldn’t go anywhere else.”
For more information on ovarian cancer and treatment options, visit Piedmont Cancer Center.