• Would they say it is treatable

    Asked by Fancyface on Sunday, April 1, 2018

    Would they say it is treatable

    Just a question, my father was recently diagnosed with rectal/colon cancer during a colonoscopy. All we know is that they found a small growth that was cancerous but he his still waiting for CT and MRI results. Anyways my question is the doctor told my dad that it is treatable even though we haven't had the results back from his MRI and CT scans is this even possible to know yet with just having a colonoscopy? Sorry if this sounds like a silly question to ask just concerned child. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    12 Answers from the Community

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    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      I am surely no doctor, but (1) I doubt the doctor would say your dad's colon cancer was treatable if he believed it was not and (2) even stage IV (advanced) colon cancer is treatable.

      I am glad your dad had a colonoscopy and that his cancer was discovered. Hopefully, it is just the one growth and his cancer will be easily treated.

      Don't worry too much yet! Cancer is a scary diagnosis, but most of it is definitely treatable.

      Your dad is lucky to have a concerned child. Please let us know what's going on with him as you learn. Around here, we don't consider any question silly or stupid :)

      over 1 year ago
    • Fancyface's Avatar
      Fancyface

      Thank you so much for your response! ❤️

      over 1 year ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      I have had 8 precancerous polyps removed. All of those were simply cut out. Treatment type will depend on if it has spread or attached.

      over 1 year ago
    • carm's Avatar
      carm

      Fancyface,
      Hello, I am an oncology nurse and all cancers are treatable to some degree...even stage 4 cancers can be treated. It is still in the early stage of your father's disease, but it sounds like his physician is optimistic. I wish you all the best and I'm sure that your dad will do just fine. There are so many new therapies out there now that it is no longer as dire as it used to be.

      over 1 year ago
    • deena's Avatar
      deena

      The doctor was pretty sure mine was cancer when I had my colonoscopy. He sent it to the lab right away and I heard back from him the same day. They knew it was cancer but I didn’t know what stage it was in until they did my colon resection. They removed quite a few lymph nodes during that surgery and it had spread to the lymph nodes. Stage 3 for me. I went through chemo and have been over 5 years cancer free.

      over 1 year ago
    • Teelee3's Avatar
      Teelee3

      My rectal cancer was stage 2 upon diagnosis but has since spread to stage 4. Even at this advanced stage it is still treatable. They have come along way in this cancer. My best wishes for your father.

      over 1 year ago
    • Fancyface's Avatar
      Fancyface

      Thank you so much for all of your responses it is so appreciated! By all them you have gave me something to be hopeful about. I was and am still a ltttle scared but trying to feel a bit more optimistic especially after reading all of your posts. Best wishes to all ❤️

      over 1 year ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar
      BuckeyeShelby

      I was diagnosed w/a different type of cancer, but it was stage IV. That was in 2012. I've been cancer free for over 5 years, and while there is always a chance for a recurrence, I'm living my life. Best of luck to you and your dad.

      over 1 year ago
    • JaneA's Avatar
      JaneA

      I was diagnosed with Stage IV rectal cancer in October 2014. I had a year of treatment and have been NED ever since. Best wishes that your father's cancer was detected during its earliest stages. Even if not, colorectal cancer is treatable.

      over 1 year ago
    • Skyemberr's Avatar
      Skyemberr

      Im stage IV rectal cancer. I do have growth happening in my lungs but they are treating it palliatively.

      Its very possible that with some chemo and the tumor being resected your dad could do very well, depending on how invasive it is right now. You should definitely feel hopeful! Mine was stage III at a minimum at diagnosis and my doctor thought he could cure me! He would've been right had it not gotten into my lymph system and found my lungs.

      Even then, I was just told today that I have good chances for long term treatment and survival. There are a lot of treatment options.

      Good luck to you and your dad! Please keep coming back if you have questions. Sometimes doctors are not very clear.

      over 1 year ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar
      BoiseB

      I had the opposite diagnosis 8 years ago. The first Dr. said, after an endoscopy, x-ray CT-scan PET-scan and a few other tests that my esophageal tumor was inoperable and they could give me pallitave care and I might have 4 to 9 months to live. I found another Dr. who preformed a new surgical technique I would say if your Dr. says it is treatable they mean to treat it. That is good news.

      over 1 year ago
    • alivenwell's Avatar
      alivenwell

      I had two close lymph nodes affected with colon cancer. So far, I am five years away from my initial diagnosis. The lymph nodes surrounding cancer tumors had no sign of cancer. A resection was done and six months of Folfox followed the resection. I had clean edges where the resection occurred. Five years....worthy of celebration.

      over 1 year ago

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