I've read through all of your threads and I can only tell you what I would do if I was in your position with your test results and the recommendations you've received from your doctors.
I would thank my lucky stars that a spot of cancer was discovered early enough to only be on the tip of a polyp and hadn't had a chance to grow down the stalk and onto the colon wall where it would then require surgery to be removed. I would thank my lucky stars a second time that the polyp was small enough to safely be removed during a colonoscopy. I would go back to living my life secure in the knowledge that many people have polyps with either precancerous or even cancerous cells on them and never go on to have colon cancer. I would follow up without fail with another colonoscopy in six months to see if any more polyps have developed and need to be removed.
I would not have surgery. Surgery is needed if cancer has invaded the colon wall, which in your case, it has not, thankfully. Any abdominal surgery involves risks and consequences. Besides the obvious risks of anesthesia and infection and the effect on your digestive system, there is also the very strong probability that an abdominal surgery will leave you with adhesions. Adhesions are scar tissue that forms any time your abdominal cavity is operated on. They can be painful and can make future surgeries more difficult. They can also wrap around or adhere to your internal organs causing problems including bowel obstructions, which I can tell you as someone who has experienced this firsthand, is one of the most painful things you will ever have to go through. I would never recommend that anyone have abdominal surgery unless absolutely medically necessary because I know how much my life has changed since my first one. The first one for ovarian cancer was necessary and made the second one for an incisional hernia necessary which caused adhesions which made the third one for a bowel obstruction necessary which made the fourth one for another incisional hernia necessary. I wish to God my first cancer had been contained enough that it could have been removed without that first surgery, the way yours has been. My life over the last ten years would have been very different if that had been possible.
And lastly, I would listen to the people on this board who have gone above and beyond to reassure you and answer your questions. You've had a scare and you are panicking and that is very understandable. But you have your results and they are results that pretty much everyone on this board would be thrilled to have received. I hope, for your own happiness and for your children, that you will listen to the doctors and move on with your life without unnecessary surgery, but with regular colonoscopies in the future to catch any problems before they are ones that actually require surgery.
I mean no offense with this post. I'm just honestly telling you what I would do in your situation. What you actually decide is up to you. Either way, I wish you a long and happy life.
56 yrs old, wife, mother to 4 daughters
RC Stage II T3N0M0 DX April 2, 2015
6 cm. mid-rectum-CEA 121
Xeloda and radiation finished 06/15/15- CEA 242
CEA right before surgery 81
LAR performed 8/12/15 Temporary ileostomy
CEA 10-21-15 1.6
PET scan 11-4-15 All clear
Port installed 11/11/15
Folfox started 11/18/15
Folfox stopped due to bad reaction
CEA 2/3/16 1.7
CEA 3/31/16 1.3
CT Scan 4/12/16 All Clear
Port removed 4/21/16
CEA 5/24/17 1.4