Jul 15, 2014 - 2:32 am
Hello, I'm new here. I had a colonoscopy that revealed a stage 1 growth. I was terrified. 2 weeks later I went under the knife and had a 4 inch section of colon removed via a gnarly 10 inch vertical incision on my stomach. Surgeon says they got it all, no need for chemo or radiation therapy. Said he want's to "follow" me now to make sure nothing returns. So here is my question. Does this make me a cancer survivor? Even though I'll have no chemo or radiation? I'm a 52 y/o man who got diagnosed as a result of a routine checkup. I never had any symptoms. Thousands/millions of people go through such horrible ordeals, yet mine was not. I almost feel guilty even mentioning it on here. Opinions welcome.