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Colonscopy after rectal cancer

josie1952
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how often should I have a Colonoscopy after having rectal cancer?

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Jaime4
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Joined: Mar 2008

I also had rectal cancer.It depends on your doctor. I have been NED for one year now and just had my first colonoscopy since my surgery. They found one polyp and want me to have a flex-sig every six months and another colonoscopy in a year. I would think you would have one in a year and then every 3 after that depending on what they find, if anything. Good luck!!

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kristasplace
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Joined: Oct 2007

Hello! I read in the ACS booklets that the typical amount of time to get a colonoscopy after treatment is every six months after treatment for the first year, then once a year after that unless they're clean (no polyps), then every two years i think forever. That was mine plan, anyway! Having a rectal cancer history, i wouldn't let more than two years slide, especially for the first five years after treatment. After five years of no spread or recurrence, they consider us "cured".

Many hugs,
Krista

tiny one
Posts: 467
Joined: Jan 2009

I had a resection and temporary ileostomy in Feb 07. They did my reversal Dec 07. They did my colonoscopy 6 months later. They had to wait because I had soreness issues. I had a sigmoidoscopy with balloon dialatation Dec 08. My surgeon wants to do another colonoscopy in 2 years.

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