• After having a section of colon taken out, I was on yearly colonoscopies

    Asked by StegalMan on Tuesday, October 2, 2018

    After having a section of colon taken out, I was on yearly colonoscopies

    Now we've gone to every 3 years. I don't mind having them done and encouraged the doctor to keep them frequent, but he says they are not needed that often. How often are you having them done? I realize those that haven't had colon cancer aren't going to be as frequent.

    8 Answers from the Community

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    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      I was on 5 years because of turning 50, then after finding polyps twice 8 of them total, I was put on 3 years, then after that one, they only took out one, it was negative. After that, I was told back to 5 years. So, I guess it's different depending on the individual.

      7 months ago
    • SandiA's Avatar
      SandiA

      I was told every 5 years but my oncologist said he prefers every three years due to the kind of polyps they removed

      7 months ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      My gastroenterologist wants me to do them every 3 years because she found polyps.

      7 months ago
    • myb's Avatar
      myb

      After diagnosis of colon cancer from colonoscopy at 50, I had next ones at intervals of 1 year, 1 year, 3 years and next will be 3 years again.

      7 months ago
    • JaneA's Avatar
      JaneA

      I am Stage IV rectal cancer survivor. I had my first one a year after my treatment ended. It was clear. Now I have them every 3 years. I still have CEA tests every 3 months and scans every 6 months. I am 4 years out from my diagnosis.

      7 months ago
    • Kbaarch's Avatar
      Kbaarch

      I had one 12 months after my resection. One small non-cancerous polyp was found and removed. Next procedure expected in 5 years.

      7 months ago
    • Songwriter's Avatar
      Songwriter

      Don't forget that Greg is a Drummer and plays in a Band. I hear that he's pretty good too.

      7 months ago
    • Jayne's Avatar
      Jayne

      Fellow colon cancer'er here: I had them every year for the first 5 years, then moved out to 3 years for the next 2 years and now every 5. I am 12 years out from diagnosis - stage IV.

      7 months ago

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