Jan 08, 2014 - 12:23 am
Hi all, as some of you know, I'm currently 44 and I just spent two years dealing with rectal cancer. One anal.rectal removal and permanent ostomy later, I'm currently NED. I found out after my surgery and treatment that colon cancer, breast cancer and kidney cancer run in my father's family. My 16 year old son was having pain in his kidney and ended up having surgery for something non cancer related (kidney defects also run in my father's family). The scan happened to show a polyp on his gall bladder. The doctor has said what they always say, he's 16, it's rarely cancer and at 16 even more rare. I decided to check with my father's family. My father's uncle died of gall bladder cancer at the age of 52. The doctor thinks I'm overreacting for wanting my son's gall bladder out when there is no evidence of cancer, just a polyp. He wants to monitor the polyp and not even seriously, just the ocassional check. With gall bladder cancer, by the time they find the cancer, it's 4 out of 5 times too late and many die within weeks. Only 1 in 5 find it early. The only way to find out if the polyp is pre/cancerous is surgery. Why take a chance? I want the surgery. That's my thing. He's 16. If we remove the gall bladder now, the chances of him getting cancer are then zero. What if he grows up and doesn't follow up and it turns to cancer and at 42 is faced with cancer and death. I can't do this for the next 25 year, I just can't. The worry would eat me alive. Anyway, we all spend so much time dealing with this, I know it's not colon related but I value the opinion of those on this board. I thought I'd ask even if it's a different part of the body. I was thinking maybe I could ask my oncololgist to set up an appt. at Sloan to get the opinon of a cancer specialist. I am losing so much sleep over this. I wish the doctor would just do the surgery based on my desire but he won't. Am I overreacting? Would you remove your child's gall bladder if someone in your family died from gall bladder cancer considering how many in my father's family have died from various cancers?