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erict20
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Never thought I'd be here, but glad I found you!

Postby erict20 » Sat Sep 05, 2020 2:37 pm

Hi:

I'm 50 years old and in the process of being diagnosed. So far this year, I have a normal FIT test and a normal CEA test, as well as a 9-month-old pelvic MRI that visualized a normal lower bowel. There has been no bleeding and no real symptoms but one major exception: I have a near constant, uncomfortable feeling of pressure in my tailbone/rectum that seems to get worse after a bowel movement but just remains like a dull, heavy sensation of a foreign object stuck in my tailbone region for most of the day. Literally a month ago, I had no such sensations.

My colonoscopy is a month away, provided I pass the Covid test. I have a 69-year-old aunt who was diagnosed with colon cancer two years ago after noticing blood in her stool. She had successful resection, rounds of chemo and follow-up surgery to fix the hernia the resection caused. I have an older brother whose had benign polyps removed, but nothing further.

polluxx
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Re: Never thought I'd be here, but glad I found you!

Postby polluxx » Sun Sep 06, 2020 9:42 pm

Welcome.

I’m wishing you the best and hope that you get an answer about what is causing your symptom.
Stage 3c
2/2020 Right colon hemicolectomy (invasive adenocarcinoma with micropillary features)
Moderately differentiated
Tumor size: 4.4 in greatest dimension Metastatic Carcinoma in 12 out of 28 lymph nodes
Extranodal extension identified
Margins negative

3/2020 Began 12 rounds of FolFox

54NJ
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Re: Never thought I'd be here, but glad I found you!

Postby 54NJ » Thu Sep 10, 2020 8:30 am

Same here. I’m glad I found this forum. I’m 54 and had a positive fit test just as a screening. I haven’t seen any noticeable blood. I had a colonoscopy yesterday and a 25mm polyp was In my sigmoid colon was removed with a hot snare. No other polyps. I also have internal non bleeding hemorrhoids. Now I nervously wait for the pathology report. This was my first ever colonoscopy. I know I need to not get ahead of myself, but the large size of the polyp concerns me. Best wishes to everyone on this forum.

Lee
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Joined: Sun Apr 16, 2006 4:09 pm

Re: Never thought I'd be here, but glad I found you!

Postby Lee » Thu Sep 10, 2020 6:24 pm

Welcome to the 2 new members. Sorry for the reason you are here.

erict20

Has anybody used the word cancer? I have been here of a few yrs now, many people have joined this forum, they assume they have this cancer butt are just waiting to get the confirmation from their doctor. Usually they diagnose themselves via Dr. Google, only to find out no cancer, just something else. Yes I understand about your aunt, yes it is best to get it checked out. Get that colonoscopy. It very well could be something else other than colon cancer. Butt again, best to find out. Try not to worry.

Have to ask, what is a FIT?? I'm a 16 yr survivor, don't remember that word, butt then again, a lot of advancements since my diagnoses.

54NJ

Hopefully it is non cancerous. Not all polyps are cancerous, nor will they ever turn cancerous. Only certain types turn cancerous. Sometimes when they remove a polyp, it is precancer. Stage O, no further treatment necessary. That was my husband. Try not to worry, but please let us know your results.

Good luck to both of you,

Lee
rectal cancer - April 2004
46 yrs old at diagnoses
stage III C - 6/13 lymph positive
radiation - 6 weeks
surgery - August 2004/hernia repair 2014
permanent colostomy
chemo - FOLFOX
NED - 16 years and counting!

54NJ
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Re: Never thought I'd be here, but glad I found you!

Postby 54NJ » Thu Sep 10, 2020 11:47 pm

Appreciate the support Lee.

54NJ
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Re: Never thought I'd be here, but glad I found you!

Postby 54NJ » Fri Sep 11, 2020 7:28 am

FIT is a home screening test for colon cancer is called the Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT). FIT detects blood in your stool.

Lee
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Joined: Sun Apr 16, 2006 4:09 pm

Re: Never thought I'd be here, but glad I found you!

Postby Lee » Fri Sep 11, 2020 7:26 pm

54NJ wrote:FIT is a home screening test for colon cancer is called the Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT). FIT detects blood in your stool.


Thank you, I'm a bit smarter today. Again hope all goes well. Please let us know.

Lee
rectal cancer - April 2004
46 yrs old at diagnoses
stage III C - 6/13 lymph positive
radiation - 6 weeks
surgery - August 2004/hernia repair 2014
permanent colostomy
chemo - FOLFOX
NED - 16 years and counting!

DarknessEmbraced
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Facebook Username: Riann Fletcher
Location: New Brunswick, Canada

Re: Never thought I'd be here, but glad I found you!

Postby DarknessEmbraced » Sat Sep 12, 2020 10:34 am

I'm sorry you're dealing with that symptom. I hope you will be able to get your colonoscopy soon.*hugs*
Diagnosed 10/28/14, age 36
Colon Resection 11/20/14, LAR (no illeo)
Stage 2a colon cancer, T3NOMO
Lymph-vascular invasion undetermined
0/22 lymph nodes
No chemo, no radiation
Clear Colonoscopy 04/29/15
NED 10/20/15
Ischemic Colitis 01/21/16
NED 11/10/16
CT Scan moved up due to high CEA 08/21/17
NED 09/25/17
NED 12/21/18
Clear colonoscopy 09/23/19
Clear 5 year scans 11/21/19- Considered cured! :)

54NJ
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Re: Never thought I'd be here, but glad I found you!

Postby 54NJ » Mon Sep 14, 2020 6:39 pm

Doctor’s office called and said the polyp was benign. Thanks for your support. And best wishes to all of you on this forum. It’s a wonderful community here. Stay strong.

Lee
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Joined: Sun Apr 16, 2006 4:09 pm

Re: Never thought I'd be here, but glad I found you!

Postby Lee » Mon Sep 14, 2020 9:17 pm

54NJ wrote:Doctor’s office called and said the polyp was benign. Thanks for your support. And best wishes to all of you on this forum. It’s a wonderful community here. Stay strong.


Thank you for the update and CONGRATULATIONS on the AWESOME news :D :D :D !!!

Lee
rectal cancer - April 2004
46 yrs old at diagnoses
stage III C - 6/13 lymph positive
radiation - 6 weeks
surgery - August 2004/hernia repair 2014
permanent colostomy
chemo - FOLFOX
NED - 16 years and counting!


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