Jun 11, 2004 - 4:17 pm
I usually post under OVCA site as I am preparing for biopies/surgery. However, I have a couple of questions about my father. First of all, my father is 75 yrs. old, (he is my rock!) he has had untreated diviticulitus for 26 years. I found out because he admitted that he had been in severe pain for six months and had been treating himself with "old" antibiotics. He evidently was hospitalized 26 years ago with this problem. He was told then he needed further tests and quite frankly never went back to doctor. I finally convinced him to see a doctor. Long story short: they found a "very large mass" in the rectosigmoid area on his colonoscopy and the doctor said he would have to have surgery to remove it. They did do 6 biopsies, results won't be back until Tuesday. He has an appointment also on Tuesday to schedule the surgery.
Although I am famililar with colon cancer because my mother was diagnosed with stage IIIC two years ago; I do have a few questions about my father. 1.) With the mass being in the area it is; what are the chances of him having a colostomy ? 2.) He has always refused to see doctors, and I am afraid this would possibly keep him from having the surgery, so any guidance regarding this colostomy would help. 3.) With a mother and father both with colon cancer; should we, the children consider the genetic testing for this cancer on top of having regular colonoscopies ? I did have a colonoscopy in April only because my GYN wanted to rule out any GI problems before they determined it was my ovaries. I had some polyps removed otherwise normal. Thanks for any help or advice you might have.