I am scheduled for a colonoscopy in 2 weeks... It will have been 3 years since my last. It is just a regular ole’ check up colonoscopy, but recently I have noticed bright red blood when wiping (sometimes), and blood along stool (sometimes). Obviously this is quite scary, since that is precisely what was happening pre diagnosis. I also have clear evidence of a hemorrhoid- burning, itching, etc. Because of that, I would love to assume that is the only cause of my bleeding, but I have a horrible feeling it isnt’t.
I had bleeding in also back in Dec. 2020, and my onc ordered a CT- which was normal. So that has been less than a year ago....Could a tumor have developed that quickly?
Is a ct a good test for that?
Has anyone had experience with a second colon tumor? Is that likely?
Has anyone had blood on toilet paper and stool that was JUST hemorroid?
I am glad I have my colonoscopy scheduled, but the fear I am experiencing is intense and 2 weeks feels like forever.
Diagnosed: June 2017 stage 3 colon cancer
Sigmoid colon, 2 nodes affected
CEA at diagnosis: 6.1
Sigmoid Colectomy and folfox (chemo complete January 31, 2018)
CEA 4/2018: 2.4
CEA 7/2018: 3.7
Colonoscopy 8/2018 clean
PET scan 8/20/18 NED
CEA 11/2018: 3.8
CEA 2/2019: 3.2
CT NED 6/18/2019 / CEA : 3.4
CEA 10/21/19: 3.2
CEA 3/9/20: 3.8
CT NED /CEA 6/17/20: 3.8
CEA 11/4/20 4.6 <——— whyyyy? (will retest in a few weeks)
CT NED 12/1/20 CEA: 3.5 (happy to see a lower number)
CEA 5/17/21 4.2
CEA 10/18/21 3.4