Aug 27, 2014 - 11:48 am
Hi. Colonoscopy on 8/18/14. I had three polyps and one mass between 3 to 4 centimeters. GI said the mass was colon cancer right after the colonoscopy. However, GI sent biopsies of the polyps and the mass to a lab. I spoke with GI yesterday. The lab results indicate that the polyps were precancerous. The mass was identified as an intramucosal adenocarcinoma. The biopsy of the mass was sent to Columbia for a second opinion. CAT scan results not back yet.
1. Can a biopsy from a colonoscopy be enough for a lab to identify the entire mass as an intramucosal adenocarcinoma?
2. Of course I do not want any form of cancer, but from what I read an intramucosal adenocarcinoma is a better version than the other various possibilities. Is that correct?
3. If the biopsy identified the sample an an intramucosal adenocarcinoma, is it more likely than not that the cancer has not spread outside the colon wall and to the lymph nodes, liver or lungs?
3. Is it typical for a lab to send a biopsy out for a second opinion? If not, under what circumstances would this occur? If one lab identified a biopsy of a mass in the colon as a intramucosal adenocarcinoma, what would lead that lab to send the biopsy out for a second opinion? Would it be more probable that they feel it may be noncancerous or is it more probable that they feel it is a more invasive form of cancer? Someone told me that it is standard practice for labs to send out biopy results to other labs for second opinions.