• Newbie needs advice on Rectal/Colon exam results.

    Asked by JohnInTexas on Tuesday, December 20, 2011

    Newbie needs advice on Rectal/Colon exam results.

    My surgeon performed a Colonoscopy 2 weeks ago. Several rectal polyps were discoverd and in my surgeons words, "1 is suspicious and could not be completely removed", and will require a second surgery in 2-3 months to completely remove. He took biopsies on everything removed. The strange thing is, I am not scheduled to review the pathology results until after Xmas and obviously, I am quite anxious about the results. Does this sound like Stage 0 or 1 rectal cancer to anyone? The majority of cancer forums I've read indicate a second surgery is typically indicative of the potential for cancer/pre-cancer. You kind thoughts, support and feedback is greatly appreciated!

    2 Answers from the Community

    • digger6218's Avatar

      I had this happen with my first colon polyp's that were cancerous. My Dr wouldn't remove it and was going to send me to Mayo clinic in Phoenix. I didn't want to go that far(4hrs away). So I took the initial reports and found a surgeon closer by. After looking at my report he shook his head and said you don't need colon surgery, it could be removed with a colonoscopy. My point is get a second opinion I never went back to that first Dr. Take control. waiting 2-3 months sounds strange. I had the colonoscopy and they did remove it and had to have a second one done in 6 months. That was 3 years ago and now I just had breast cancer surgery. BUT I AM CANCER FREE! Yeah God Bless be pro-active with your health

      almost 5 years ago
    • CarolLHRN's Avatar

      When I had a colonoscopy, my polyp was large. A biopsy was taken but the mass wasn't removed. I had the initial results in about a week. The results were conflicting because my CEA was low but I had lymph nodes. So about a week later, the mass was removed transanally. At that time, a frozen section was done and the cancer was found. Most pathology results take a week or so. I just had follow up surgery to remove the margins from my rectum where the mass was. That pathology report took 11 days to get back.

      Getting a second opinion isn't a bad idea but I would go to your appointment after Christmas with questions written down that you want answered. Also bring someone with you to be a second listener and note taker. This way you can be sure you are hearing all the information correctly. If you don't like what the doctor is telling you or it doesn't sound right, go get a second opinion.

      almost 5 years ago

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