Lee wrote:I'm coming up on 12 yrs since diagnoses. Been NED since my surgery in August of 2004. Per my Onc it's not coming back this far out. I need to worry more about getting a new cancer. Generally if something is going to show up, 80% will show up in the 2-3 yrs out from diagnoses. After that your chances of something showing up drops a lot. And yes, I too believe rectal cancer is one that can show up later.
weisssoccermom wrote:I remember reading that, according to the ACS, IF you are going to have a recurrence, there is a(n):
80% chance of it recurring in the first TWO years
10% chance of it recurring in year THREE
5% chance of it recurring in year FOUR
with the remaining 5% chance of it recurring after that.
I know it is easy for us to say not to worry but with cancer you can't help initially but to worry.
I'm still uncertain how you can even be a stage I when the cancer was confined ONLY to the head of the polyp and didn't reach the wall of the colon/rectum. Your signature indicates that the stalk was totally clear with a 2cm margin....certainly a good margin. Cancer is staged by the TNM designation with "T" being the depth that the cancer invaded your colon/rectal wall. If the cancer didn't reach the wall (how could it if the stalk of the polyp was totally clear of cancer??) then how can it be classified as a stage I...when a stage one has to have either a T1 or T2 as the depth measure?
Regardless, your cancer was detected at the earliest stage...the polyp was removed and you should consider yourself extremely fortunate. Try not to dwell on the 'what ifs'. Instead be acutely aware of your body...any different symptoms and be vigilant about being checked up on the schedule that your doctor recommends.
Andrea1976 wrote:Just read your 2nd link.
In situ carcinomas may arise in either flat mucosa or in a polyp. If a tumor arises in a polyp, it is important to determine whether the stalk is invaded. If it is, the tumor is assigned to T1.
Well, my did not reach the stalk. 1 surgeon said I am not stage 1 but 2nd said I was... So with this link I am confused...
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