FYI - hyperplastic polyps 'can' turn cancerous but the instance of it happening is extremely rare. As you can see from my signature, I have had rectal cancer and after my surgery, my scopes have found hyperplastic polyps on more than one occasion and my colorectal surgeon is NOT concerned. Regardless, the pathology showed nothing amiss so please instead of worrying about it......be thankful that that is the only thing that they found. Trust your pathology report.
My surgeon told me if I had ONLY had hyperplastic polyps (which, btw are not uncommon) it would not change the screening schedule....still 10 years. The fact that I had rectal cancer means that I will always have a 5 year scope schedule. If you are feeling anxious, talk to your surgeon or GI doc but with just one and only one polyp that was hyperplastic AND shown to not be of concern (as opposed to an adenomatous polyp which can and do turn into cancer), I would trust the doctor on this one.
Dx 6/22/2006 IIA rectal cancer
6 wks rad/Xeloda -finished 9/06
1st attempt transanal excision 11/06
11/17/06 XELOX 1 cycle
5 months Xeloda only Dec '06 - April '07
10+ blood clots, 1 DVT 1/07
transanal excision 4/20/07 path-NO CANCER CELLS!
NED now and forever!
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