• How does one wind up with Stage IV colon cancer less than one-year (11 months to be exact) after a clean bill of health on a colonoscopy?

    Asked by RickinFla on Friday, June 15, 2012

    How does one wind up with Stage IV colon cancer less than one-year (11 months to be exact) after a clean bill of health on a colonoscopy?

    Yesterday June 13, 2012 I got the "word" that I have Stage IV colorectal cancer. My colorectal surgeon gave my wife and I the bad news at my first postoperative appointment.

    What is additionally distressing is that up until this diagnosis I did everything in accordance with the recommendations. At 49, I had a colonoscopy as my family had no history of colon cancer. At that colonoscopy, the Gastroenterologist found some polyps which caused him to put me on a colonoscopy schedule of every three years. I had another at 52 and another at 55, on June 8, 2011. That colonoscopy gave me another clean bill of health; the doctor’s report back said “no cancers” as the first line.
    Despite having those colonoscopies, now I find myself with an incurable cancer that is likely to shorten my lifespan.

    Thus far, no one has explained how I could wind up with a 4.1x4.1 cm tumor in my colon less than 12 months after a clean bill of health from a colonoscopy, supposedly the “gold standard” for

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    • hgbkokopelli's Avatar
      hgbkokopelli

      Rick in Fla,
      I am a RNC of 40 + years and Unfortunately all of us humans are blessed with 7 cancer cells when we are born. Those cells can cause problems at any time during our lives. Are you under any STRESS?
      Are you a class A personality?
      This cancer will shorten your life span as it did my father in law.
      I will keep you in my prayers. Live each day as a gift from the Good Lord upstairs. Until We lite again, hgbkokopelli

      over 5 years ago

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