If there are cancer cells, it’s cancer. But what you describe, cancer cells contained in a polyp (in the mucosa of the colon), is stage 0 cancer, which means the treatment will likely be simple removal of the polyp, and that’s that. If testing shows that cancer invaded the submucosa, that would be stage 1 colon cancer (still very treatable). So: If it stays at stage zero, it is a simple process and once done, it’s over (other than implications for future testing frequency). You should then celebrate because you dodged a very bad situation by getting it really, really early. A huge win versus what would have happened it it had time to advance. Good luck!
7/19: Rectal cancer: Initially staged as IIIA, T2N1M0
Initially approx 4.25 cm, low/mid rectum, mod. well diff. adenocarcinoma
8/22 -10/14 4 rounds FOLFOX neoadjuvant, 3 w/Oxiplatin (lots of side effects/reduced size est. 70-75%)
Switched to neoadjuvant chemorad in 11/19 (Xeloda and approx. IMRT, 60 Gy, 33 fractions)
Trying to achieve cCR.