Sep 05, 2012 - 4:20 am
I hope this question is OK to ask here, let me know if the questions isn't appropriate. So far I the biopsy have only come back stating precancerous. At this point I understand I don't have the worries that I am sorry most of you have. I have been on pins and needles twice, waiting for results.
History: I had a large polyp, a few smaller ones removed and gave me my first tattoos during a colonoscopy last spring. Doctor mentioned that if the polyp, was something (cancer?), I would be in for surgery. Biopsy indicated precancerous. Was scheduled for a followup in three months, which took six months to find an appointment. Second colonoscopy doctor said area where he removed previous looked healthy, and grabbed a sample for biopsy, almost as an afterthought, I think. Future colonoscopies every three years. Doctor called me today, said biopsy showed precancerous stuff. Wanted to do a sigmoidoscopy and burn the area where the polyps were removed. Said I could do far less prep, magnesium citrate and a couple of enemas. Followup colonoscopy every one to two years.
Questions: I was kind of surprised to hear that he wanted to burn (cauterize?) the problem polyp area instead of either more cutting out during a colonoscopy or surgery. Is this the best choice?
I am nervous letting the next colonoscopy go for one to two years, I think he did agree to one year. Shouldn't he be checking the results from his proposed burning of the problem polyp area in another three months?
Last question, I think I would rather do another round of Gavilyte-N than a couple of enemas (and magnesium citrate.) He said I didn't have to do the five days of prep (restricting high fiber, nuts, etc..) I don't mind the Gavilyte-N, it doesn't taste horrible, and I would rather down it than do a couple of enemas. Am I just a wuss? I don't recall ever having an enema in my life, and not sure I want to find out what I think of them now.
One good part of the last six months is doctor said I have an easy colon. One that doctors in training would like to have when doing a colonoscopy for evaluation. I didn't have any drugs (my choice) for my second colonoscopy. My real blessing is that so far, I don't have any cancer, and I am real sorry for all of you dealing with it.