• Colonoscopies after Chemo

    Asked by pmooty on Thursday, March 28, 2013

    Colonoscopies after Chemo

    I am on treatment #11 for Stage III colorectal cancer. I had 5 positive lymph nodes at surgery but clear CT and PET scans after. Any ideas how often colonoscopies will be prescribed for surveillance?

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    • Peroll's Avatar

      Normally a colonoscopy will be ordered after your treatment is complete usually about a year after surgery. This is to check things and make sure that the colon healed OK and to look for pylops beginning to form. As you may already know colon cancer starts out as benighn polyps that can easily be removed during a colonosciopy so it is important to get them early. Once you have had colon cancer the polyps can form and become cancerous faster so you will get colonoscopies more frequently. If the first post treatment colonoscopy comes back clean the standard is three years for a repeat and then every three years after that. If polyps are found then it will likely be more frequent based on how develioped the polyps are. Your gastroenterologist can give you more details on this. Good Luck and welcome to WhatNext.

      over 3 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      Your oncologist will determine the schedule. I want to wish you lots of luck and send you hugs and healing vibes.

      over 3 years ago
    • IKickedIt's Avatar

      After my last treatment, I was ready to sign up and go immediately. I needed to know if the chemo had worked. I had to wait 6-8 weeks after my last treatment (I was so disappointed!) because the colon needs time to recover from the treatment. My GI found a benign polyp and then recommended (and my oncologist agreed) having another done 18-24 months later. I think originally my oncologist told me that if they hadn't found anything, they would have recommended 3 years in between.

      over 3 years ago
    • pmooty's Avatar

      I think the oncologist told me colon is not the main concern, but the other organs will be. The colon cancer grows slowly. I had no other polyps. I'm with you, I'd like to have one ASAP, upper GI and any other tests we can squeeze in!

      over 3 years ago
    • myb's Avatar

      I went for a colonoscopy 1 yr from colon cancer surgery and they found 1 small hyperplastic polyp (non cancerous). I need to repeat colonoscopy in a year.

      over 3 years ago
    • LauraJo's Avatar

      I just had my first post-surgery colonoscopy, which was 18 months after my ileostomy reversal, and that was my surgeons time direction. As the colonoscopy was fine, the gastroenterologist said 3 years. Congratulations on your progress & good luck as your finish your treatments.

      over 3 years ago
    • ElizaM's Avatar

      Your condition is identical to mine, but I'm a little further along than you having ended chemo last September. I was told not to have my hernia surgery or another colonoscopy for 3 months after the completion of the treatment. I just had my first colonoscopy 3 weeks ago (2 benign polyps removed) so it has been 6 months. I am sure I will be having them far more regularly than before, so I'm guessing than annual colonoscopies will be the course from now on. I would encourage you to have them as frequently as you can unless, of course, you do not produce any more polyps to be removed.

      over 3 years ago
    • alivenwell's Avatar

      I was told to have a colonoscopy one year after they removed 2 polyps and two cancerous lymph nodes. The lymph nodes were a big concern which led me to have chemo for 6 months. I suspect they will also do a CT or PET scan. I was told in the hospital that one can light up like a Christmas tree during a PET scan, so it sounds like you are very lucky.

      over 3 years ago
    • pmooty's Avatar

      I got last chemo treatment, #12, yesterday! I am still wearing the pump until tomorrow morning. My doctor told me I'd have a colonoscopy close to a year from my diagnosis, which will be in a few months. I will also have a CT scan of chest and abdomen and bloodwork before that, three months from now. No mention of PET scan at this time, and I suspect that will be held off unless they find something which would need a closer look. Thanks for your input!

      over 3 years ago

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