• colonoscopy

    Asked by kathycompton on Sunday, March 3, 2013

    colonoscopy

    Yes I was told to have a colonoscopy after I had a ct scan that turned out good, ,So why do I have to have a colonoscopy ? I m in remission for 5 years, and I have 4 more years to go, I do not know why I should have a colonoscopy now ,

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    • po18guy's Avatar
      po18guy

      Colonoscopies are recommended even for those with no cancer history. They become even more important once one has been diagnosed, no matter the time of remission.

      over 4 years ago
    • Peroll's Avatar
      Peroll

      Kathy, Colon cancer starts out as non csancerpou8s polyps in the colon that if left alone will eventually grow into colon cnacer. This is much miore likely for people that have had colon cancer before and tends to happen faster oncce you have had colon cancer. The polyps csan easily be removred during a colonoscopy, before they turn cancerous. Thus we get colonocopies more often. I know no one whats a colonoscopy, it would be like wanting a kick in the teeth. But when the alternative is another bout with colon cancer and the plreaseure of chemo I'll take the colonoscopy any day. Some of us get them every three years so five is easy. Good Luck and enjoy your colonoscopy!!!!

      over 4 years ago
    • PhillieG's Avatar
      PhillieG

      Would you rather look back and say "if only I had that colonoscopy in March 2013..."?
      Better safe than sorry is how I'd look at it. Peroll summed it up nicely.

      over 4 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar
      SueRae1

      CT scans are great as far as they go, but they can miss a lot of stuff picked up during a colonoscopy, which I know are a literal and figurative pain in the a$$, I was having CT scans of my abdomen and pelvis every 6 months after my nephrectomy in 1995, and they did not pick up the precancerous mushroom shaped polyps found during a colonoscapy I had in 1997. The procedure was during an operation to remove hemorrhoids and repair bleeding anal fissures, mostly to rule out crohn's. The recommendation is for individuals to have a colonoscapy every 1-5 years depending on personal and family medical history.

      over 4 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      Hi Kathy,
      During the initial workup for my last dx, I had two lymph nodes in my neck, a tonsil that was my primary site, but they also found a polyp in my colon that would never have been found, and it was precancerous. It's worth the procedure to be sure. And it's a simple procedure.

      over 4 years ago
    • SandiD's Avatar
      SandiD

      Do it so you are never sorry! I have had colon and breast cancer. I will do whatever test they want as often as my doctors want me to. I am not taking chances. I have had many colonoscopies. Only the prep sucks, but it sure beats having cancer! Fight, always fight to live! Good luck yo you.

      over 4 years ago
    • papabill's Avatar
      papabill

      Please do not even question follow-up colonscopies. One year after my sucessfull colon-rectal cancer surgery I had a follow-up colonoscopy as "decreed" by my GI and surgeon. After what you and I went through to get where we are, I did not hesitate to comply and most glad I did. Durning that procedure the GI found six -- yes, six -- small pre-cancerous polyps which were easily removed during that procedure and confirmed pre-cancerous at biopsy..All this in spite of surgery and many rounds of follow-up chemo. At my subsequent six month CT scan all looked good.. Think what could have been if I said, "no" Right now I am scheduled for annual colonoscopies and quarterly CTs and will not miss out on these opportunities to stay alive. Never know when those polyps can appear, one year, threee years, five years post remission and become tumors. Please think about this and think of the ones you love and want to still be alive to able to see and love and I am hoping you will go ahead with the colonoscopy. Worth the prep for some more years to live and love -- cancer-free.. All the best.

      over 4 years ago
    • kathycompton's Avatar
      kathycompton

      Hello I have read all the answers I have recieved, Thank you so much for helping me on this, I am stage 2, I did not need chemo, I did have surgery they did get the cancer out, Now after 1 year they told me to go get the ct scan, I did drinking the baruim ,and got the report back in 2 days ,stating all was good, My dr I see the Cancer dr this month I will for sure ask why a colonoscopy, I had 11 polups they took out, and now I will see what the dr says, I am getting tired alot, I do take b 12 shots every 2 weeks because emune system is down, I will let you all know the out come on this, I hate all of it, thank you so much for your help,

      over 4 years ago
    • IKickedIt's Avatar
      IKickedIt

      Thank you, papabill, for summing it up beautifully! I, too, had colon cancer (stage 3) which required surgery and chemo. As miserable as chemo was, and every other test I had to go through, it was a small price to pay for more years with my beautiful family and wonderful friends. I dread every test, every needle stick, but I never ever put off an appointment or test. If I had ignored my symptoms or put off my initial colonoscopy, I wouldn't be here today.

      I, too, had a clean CT scan after I finished chemo. I already had my colonoscopy scheduled, but asked the oncologist's physician's assistant who had called with my "all-clear" report if I could cancel the colonoscopy and she hesitated that I possibly could because it does look at everything at a cellular level, but the oncologist said no, get the colonoscopy. Sure glad I did, more pre-cancerous polyps had already developed - only one month after finishing a full course of chemo for colon cancer!!! I just call myself a PPP - a polyp-producing person! Of course it isn't pleasant, but I'll do whatever I need to do to prevent having to go through what I already went through.

      over 4 years ago
    • kathycompton's Avatar
      kathycompton

      Someone states they had a ct scan ,ok ,and all came out good, ok, then why a colonocopy if your feeling ok, ? did you have the same systems as before, ,? were you sick ? I feel great , I had STOMACH ACHE THAT NEVER WENT AWAY ,THEN WAS DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER BUT I DO NOT HAVE THAT ANY MORE , FEELING GREAT, ISNT THAT THE POINT KNOWING IF YOU FEEL GREAT BOWELS GOING GOOD, AND NO STOMACH ACHE ,THEN WHY GO GET A COLONOSCOPY UNTIL A PROBLEM ARISES ?WOULDNT THAT BE THE BEST TIME .

      over 4 years ago
    • IKickedIt's Avatar
      IKickedIt

      Kathy....read what we are all saying, please! By the time I had symptoms (bleeding), they found that I had a cancerous tumor the size of a golf ball! They predicted that it had been growing for possibly 7+ years!!! So by the time they found it, I was already Stage 3! I was only 45 years old so there was no reason for me to get the colonoscopy. But if I had gone perhaps 3 or 4 years earlier, it would have only been a polyp which would have been removed and I would never have had to have surgery or chemo. I felt great up until that day I started bleeding, so for possibly 7+ years that thing was growing and spreading inside of me. And I only had one! You said you had 11! Consider yourself lucky that you never had chemo! Why tempt fate? Do you wait until you feel a lump to get a mammogram? Do we wait until our babies get mumps or measles to give them the immunizations? I just pray that there will be an cancer immunization one day so people don't have to go through what we've gone through. Be smart and don't take any chances.

      over 4 years ago

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