• If you're due for a colonoscopy this year, would you do it in light of COVID-19?

    Asked by alivenwell on Tuesday, May 26, 2020

    If you're due for a colonoscopy this year, would you do it in light of COVID-19?

    Initially a friend nagged me to get a test which was a rude awakening that I had colon cancer. I am past 5 years NED (no evidence of disease) now but am due for a test again.
    Should I?

    13 Answers from the Community

    13 answers
    • Bengal's Avatar

      I had to have some tests recently. I was apprehensive but was told the hospital is probably one of the safest places to be. They have so many protocols in p!ace to protect there own people. If you are due for the oscopy you should do it. IMO

      about 1 month ago
    • KB2013's Avatar

      This can’t be the first colonoscopy since your cancer, right? If they say you should get one then, do so.

      about 1 month ago
    • Carool's Avatar

      I agree.

      about 1 month ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN (Best Answer!)

      Get it. My hospital screes everyone coming in the door. I think you're less likely to get something there than anywhere. Now. Your doctor's clinic office is another story. The Last time I went the waiting room was full of people sniffling, snorting, coughing. I don't want to be anywhere near there.

      about 1 month ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar

      I think you should get one, too, especially since you've had colon cancer! When I went to have my port flushed, they were testing every person before entry into the facility by checking temperatures. Everyone entering had to wear a mask. And I presume that they are being extra-diligent in keeping everything wiped down. They had us scheduled so that there were only a couple of people in the waiting room. There was no one else, except the nurse, in the room where the port flush took place (even though there is room for two patients).

      about 1 month ago
    • Teachertina's Avatar


      about 1 month ago
    • alivenwell's Avatar

      Thanks everyone. I needed that push because I may be a slacker.

      about 1 month ago
    • myb's Avatar

      I was scheduled for my 3 year surveillance colonoscopy when office shut down that week. I moved the appointment to April and now early June. I will see how things go with reopening here in NJ, but am still not sure if I feel comfortable going yet. I also have celiac disease (gluten allergy) which is an immune deficiency. I am an 8 year stage 3 survivor.

      about 1 month ago
    • beachbum5817's Avatar

      I agree with everyone. Definitely get the colonoscopy.

      about 1 month ago
    • PattyF's Avatar

      Absolutely get it done. It isn’t worth the risk not to have a colonoscopy. Cancer doesn’t wait

      about 1 month ago
    • Keith777's Avatar

      Do it ...I have had three surgerys since covid broke out ...no problems .

      about 1 month ago
    • Bug's Avatar

      I understand your apprehension completely but, yes, I'd say to get it done.

      about 1 month ago
    • meyati's Avatar

      I went to my dentist last week, and it was crowded-but we all stayed 6 ft from each other. Nobody could go in, without people going out. They have one of those wave over the forehead thermometers they swiped near my forehead. I gave them a scare, because my temp was my normal 96.4. They thought their thermometer was broken-then if I was alive. Anyway, I went into the wash room and scrubbed my hands up. Then they cleaned my teeth. My dentist was happy that I washed my hair before my teeth exam.

      I think that is a top grade sanitary place, and they had all of those plastic cough sanitary guards around the check in-check out. Almost everyone asks you to hold your credit/debit card-- bar code up and they swipe that.. My dentist will only take debit cards. Same with my vet-and that is paying by phone after they bring your pet out and you have a chance to see the bill and ask questions.

      about 1 month ago

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