JBell550 wrote:Hello everyone,
I'm new. And terrified.
Had an OGD and colonoscopy all at once under General anaesthetic. I feel pretty battered and bruised after it, back and abdominal pain.
But that's nothing compared to how sick I feel knowing that they found A 3cm polyp in my colon. (Rest of bowel clear apart from slight diverticulitis). I am 47 and pretty fit and healthy.
I had few symptoms, just some random flareups of random bowel movements - a couple of times a year only. I asked for a colonoscopy as a bit of an after thought as I knew I was getting a general anaesthetic and thought they might as well.
I had a CT scan about 5-6 years ago which showed only slight diverticulitis. Now suddenly a 3cm polyp.
Of course I've googled this and realised that the odds of it being benign aren't good.
I am nearly sick with fear. I have 2 young kids.
My blood work is fine.
Dionca wrote:If your dr is experienced, he can probably tell by just looking at it, if it's cancer or not. Immediately after my colonoscopy, the dr told me it was cancer, and recommended a surgeon, without even waiting for a biopsy. I was then given a blood test, which showed an elevated CEA.
JBell550 wrote:It's being removed regardless. My GI doctor told me 3cm is too risky regardless of what the biopsies reveal today. Thanks. X
Ehut wrote:I had a similar polyp found and was told by phone by some non-doctor at the office that the polyp was "negative". The GI doctor told me to come back in 2 years for a follow up colonoscopy. Just over a year later I was diagnosed stage IV. After my Mayo care team reviewed the original pathology report, they said they would have had me back for a follow up colonoscopy in 3 months because the polyp was advanced in it's progression towards being cancerous. My original local doctor told me none of this. If I were you I would:
1) Make sure you get a physical copy of the pathology report and have a doctor explain it to you and
2) push for a follow up colonoscopy in a few months.
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