Andrea, if you read something in one of the links you posted, then I would be very surprised why any doctor would want to do surgery.
Haggitt grades 1-3 breach the
submucosa within the polyp, and they are confined to the head, neck and stalk of the polyp
respectively. Only Haggitt 4 lesions invade past the stalk into the submucosa of the wall.
Most authors would agree that only Haggit 4 lesions require further treatment. If adequately
excised, Haggitt 0-3 lesions have a risk of recurrence (<1%) which is lower than the predict‐
ed mortality of an oncological resection.[15,16] Conversely, for level 4 lessions, Haggitt re‐
Ok, so there is a submucosa WITHIN the polyp but that is NOT the same as the submucosa of the intestinal wall. The definition of a STAGE I (for colorectal cancer) is this:
T1N0M0 or T2N0M0
with the "T" representing the depth of tumor invasion INTO THE COLON WALL. Cancer cells were only contained in the head of the polyp and didn't reach the SUBMUCOSA of the COLON WALL. In other words, you didn't have either a T1 or T2 depth tumor. IF you do, then something is missing or you are misunderstanding something.
If there were no cancer cells within the stalk, that means no cancer was detected and if no cancer was detected anywhere in the stalk, it wasn't in the cancer wall where the stalk attached to the colon.
Again, read above....these Haggitt 0-3 lesions, which it does seem that yours is a ONE, have a risk of recurrence that is less than 1%. Remember that there are risks to the surgery, anesthesia and recovery. Also remembers that there is a RISK that the surgery will have a lasting impact on you.
Your imaging tests don't show any suspect lymph nodes so why are you worried about that? Remember that your lymph nodes are located OUTSIDE the colon with lymphatic vessels extending into the colon itself. Again, there is no evidence, based on the pathology report, that any cancer was detected even near the colon wall.