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irina4477
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Hi,
I am very new to this site but I am in a need of a support and maybe some explanation. My mom went for a Cystoscopy last week and the found a polyp in there, they did a biopsy and it is cancer, the pathology report came in with a results of "Well differentiated mucinous adenocarcinoma". I really do not understand what it means so if anyone can explain it to me I would really appreciate it. The doctor said that it might be a metastasis from a colon cancer, she send my mom to see a gastroenterologist and urologist. My mom had a ct scan today and having a colonoscopy next week. No results of ct scan yet. I am just sooooo confused and scared. I did not ask the doctor when she called with the biopsy results what they mean from the get co because I was in shock but when I called her back, her assistant said to talk to the gastroenterologist. If anyone knows what "Well differentiated mucinous adenocarcinoma" means and can explain it to me in a simple language I would really appreciate it.
Thank you in advance.

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abrub
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Mine was a moderately differentiated mucinous adenocarcinoma of appendiceal origin. Despite extensive spread, I am currently over 5 years post-diagnosis and extremely healthy. You are still in the head-spinning stage.

While serious, this is not the end of the world. Cancer treatments have advanced greatly over the past few years. While they are certainly still unpleasant, they are also more effective.

Catch your breath - there is still a lot to learn

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SharonVegas
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Joined: Feb 2012

Where is the cyst? My cancer is mucinous adenocarcinoma. It was not found in my colon. It is on my tailbone and my peritoneal sac. I had to have a Cancer Type ID test to determine what type of cancer it was. And that was not entirely conclusive. 78% chance it is colon adneocarcinoma 18% chance it is small bowel adneocarcinoma. Adenocarcinoma is a fancy word for cancer.
I agree that your head is spinning right now from the shock. Ask your gastro if you Mom can have a CEA blood test. This is a cancer marker. You will learn a lot on this board and people here are very caring.
SharonVegas

irina4477
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Joined: Sep 2012

Hi,
her polyp was found in the bladder. Yes, you all are absolutely correct, my head is spinning 180. Thanks for the suggestion about the blood test. I will definitely ask her gastro.

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annalexandria
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Getting a cancer diagnosis is a terrifying experience for everyone involved, and the first few weeks will be filled with confusion and fear. But it WILL get better. You and your mom will get a lot more information, as more tests are done and the docs figure out what exactly is going on. A treatment plan, involving some combination of chemo, radiation and/or surgery will be put in place, and your mom can get started on the fight to regain her health. One thing you can do, if you are available, and your mom is willing, is to accompany her to doctor's visits and write things down for her. There's going to be a lot of information coming her way and it can be overwhelming. And invite her to join us here at the forum if she's interested...we've all walked a similar path, and will give her (and you) as much support and understanding as we can. Sending strength and hugs to you both~Ann Alexandria

irina4477
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Joined: Sep 2012

Thank you all for your kind words and support. Just got a call from a doctor, CT scan is all clear! There is a small tumor in the bladder but so far that's all they see. Hopefully colonoscopy also will not show anything else. What a relief I feel at this point, I know there is still a lot ahead however knowing that it has not spread to other organs is HUGE relief. I wish my mom was able to join this forum but she has a huge language barrier but I will make sure to translate everything that you guys post here. This is a wonderful forum and a great support system for all.

dinkydi8
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I have been reading your comments and you give a lot of good information. I am new here and post under the name of dinkydi8. I would love you to read my post and hopefully give me some your good advice and experience dinkydi8

dinkydi8
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I am new here also and post under the name of dinkydi8. I am trying to get some comments from the panel here as their advice is very helpful. Can you tell me what I am doing wrong as I dont seem to be reaching anyone Thanks dinkydi8

RobinKaye
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Dinky - I saw your post explaining your circumstance and asking questions. You should start a new post with a question in the subject line. Unfortunately, you posted under a thread which is from 2004 - many of those people are no longer here and for a lot of people here who have lost friends they do not want to open a thread that is surely going to cause pain. Just start fresh and I'm sure there will be many on the board offering their guidance and support.

Robin

dinkydi8
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Thank you for that RobinKaye, I think I have go the hang of it now. Sorry I chose 2004, I didnt even look at the date, just the subject matter. dinkydi

RobinKaye
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When I first came here I read posts going back years, you are paying attention to the subject not the time frame. I just didn't want to see you getting lost when you were looking for help.

Robin

curriewalla
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Joined: Apr 2012

Hello Irina4477. Maybe you've started figuring this out already since your original post was a few days ago.

"Mucinous adenocarcinoma" is a type of cancer. "Mucinous" refers to producing mucus, "adeno" refers to gland, and "carcinoma" refers to cancer.

The words "well-differentiated", "moderately differentiated, and "poorly differentiated" describe tumor grade. "Well differentiated" usually means a lower grade tumor in which the cells look more like normal cells. "Poorly differentiated" usually means a higher grade tumor in which the cells look more abnormal.

FYI - I've become familiar with some terminology because I have a relative with cancer; I'm not a medical professional. Definitely ask the doctor(s) questions.

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