Jorlex wrote: The surgeon is a board-certified colon/rectal surgeon. I hate to say this but I at first thought it was just in the sigmoid but when he explained surgery he said it was spread down in that lower anterior as well. So that means rectal as well? .
Yes I believe most of it is in the colon too. The reason I asked, if it was in the rectum, usually radiation is done prior to surgery. And since you working with a board certified colon rectal surgeon, s/he would know that.
Did you get a report from the GI Dr.? If not, maybe call the GI's office and see if they can send you a copy of the report. Usually they take pictures of things they find like polyps, tumors, inflammation,etc. It might also provide some additional information. Since the Dr.(s) have used both words, polyp and tumor, it kind of sounds like this is an advance polyp turning into a tumor. Many times this can be associated with an early diagnoses. Like maybe maybe a stage I. Hopefully it will be that way for you.
During the mean time, There are some sticky at the top of this forum that might help with terminology and abbreviations. Try to avoid Dr. Google. Know that there are many option for dealing with this cancer, and many people are beating it today.
Know that you will too.