I think I just dodged a bullet

ron50
ron50 Member Posts: 1,723

           I have just come home from a colonoscopy. I was not particularly happy when my GI told me at my last scope that I did not need another for three years. I thought that was too long but she insisted that i did not need one at two years. Unfortunately the cost of private health insurance in Australia has gone thru the roof and as much as i hated to do it ,I could no longer afford private health insurance. My nephrologist referred me for the scope as the three years were up added to the fact that I was on long term powerful immuno suppressants . The public system is very slow and it took a further six months to get to the head of the que. I was pretty nervous when I went in today and the GI knew it. He came and saw me when I woke up and I could see he was not as confident as when I went in. He removed four polyps , the largest of which was 11 mm and the smallest 4mm. He removed them all and had to put three staples in the hole left by the 11mm one. He thinks they are ok but he has sent them all for biopsy so I won't know for a week.

          I guess the moral of the story is don't let your doctors make decisons about your health that you are not comfortable with. I should have insisted. In my mind it is unforgivable to develop a new primary cancer when you have survived for nearly twenty years. Ron.

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  • Canadian Sandy
    Canadian Sandy Member Posts: 725 Member
    edited April 2017 #2
    Let's hope the biopsy is

    Let's hope the biopsy is clear Ron. I know the waiting is a very anxious time and nothing can make it easier. Twenty years is a long time so hears to 20 more. 

     

  • JanJan63
    JanJan63 Member Posts: 2,478
    edited April 2017 #3
    I'm keeping my fingers

    I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you, Ron! You've toughed through all of this and I hope you'll continue to enjoy decent health and long life! I say decent because I know you're not enjoying good health and probably never will. But I hope for the best for you.

    Hugs,

    Jan

  • GSP2
    GSP2 Member Posts: 103 Member
    edited April 2017 #4
    I guess you could say...

    go with your gut.

    hope all turns out well.

     

    steve

  • UncleBuddy
    UncleBuddy Member Posts: 1,019
    edited April 2017 #5
    Keeping good thoughts

    Let us know how it goes!  It has to be negative after all these years, right? I'm hoping...

    Linda

  • Joan M
    Joan M Member Posts: 409
    Praying for good results!  It

    Praying for good results!  It would be very difficult to face new tumors when you have survived for so long.  I am very glad to hear they got all the polyps.  Please let us know what you find out from the biopsy. 

  • traci43
    traci43 Member Posts: 773
    Hope you get good results

    Ron, I really hope that you hear that the poyps are benign.  Gld youe kept up with the colonoscopies. take care, Traci

  • ron50
    ron50 Member Posts: 1,723
    Thanks Traci

      It concerns me that an eleven mm polyp has grown to that size in just three years but there again my first primary was described as frightfuly aggressive. Good luck with your latest challenge. I hope they are easy to get at with no mets, Ron.

  • traci43
    traci43 Member Posts: 773
    edited April 2017 #9
    Fingers crossed for both of us!

    Let us know when you find out.

  • ron50
    ron50 Member Posts: 1,723
    Pathology is back

      All the polyps were benign tubular adenomas including the large one . No cancer cells or high grade dispalysia found. Cea remains at 0.6 fter nearly twenty years. Wishing everyone well with their treatment and a cancer free existence. Ron.

  • Trubrit
    Trubrit Member Posts: 5,625 Member
    ron50 said:

    Pathology is back

      All the polyps were benign tubular adenomas including the large one . No cancer cells or high grade dispalysia found. Cea remains at 0.6 fter nearly twenty years. Wishing everyone well with their treatment and a cancer free existence. Ron.

    Woo Hoo!

    woohoo emoticon

    Such good news. 

    Here's a fewfriends that show how happy I am image celebrating emoticon

    TRU

  • traci43
    traci43 Member Posts: 773
    ron50 said:

    Pathology is back

      All the polyps were benign tubular adenomas including the large one . No cancer cells or high grade dispalysia found. Cea remains at 0.6 fter nearly twenty years. Wishing everyone well with their treatment and a cancer free existence. Ron.

    Awesome!!!!!!

    Congratulations Ron!  That's wonderful news.  So happy to hear you are still NED.  Traci

  • GSP2
    GSP2 Member Posts: 103 Member
    ron50 said:

    Pathology is back

      All the polyps were benign tubular adenomas including the large one . No cancer cells or high grade dispalysia found. Cea remains at 0.6 fter nearly twenty years. Wishing everyone well with their treatment and a cancer free existence. Ron.

    congratulations !

    on the good reports.

    Steve

  • Semira
    Semira Member Posts: 381 Member
    Hurray

    So good news.

    Happy Hugs from Germany
    Petra

  • sflgirl
    sflgirl Member Posts: 220
    edited April 2017 #15
    ron50 said:

    Pathology is back

      All the polyps were benign tubular adenomas including the large one . No cancer cells or high grade dispalysia found. Cea remains at 0.6 fter nearly twenty years. Wishing everyone well with their treatment and a cancer free existence. Ron.

    Amazing

    congratulations

    Andrea

  • PamRav
    PamRav Member Posts: 337 Member
    Woweee

    congrats on your wonderful news!

  • Canadian Sandy
    Canadian Sandy Member Posts: 725 Member
    Congratulations Ron!

    Congratulations Ron!

  • ron50
    ron50 Member Posts: 1,723
    thanks for your support

    You don't get out to twenty years without the support of your friends , Ron.

     

  • UncleBuddy
    UncleBuddy Member Posts: 1,019
    edited April 2017 #19
    Woohoo!

    I'm happy to hear this great news!

  • plh4gail
    plh4gail Member Posts: 1,238
    Hello , I'm so happy for your

    Hello , I'm so happy for your good news  !!

  • ron50
    ron50 Member Posts: 1,723
    Thanks Gail

       Things happen . Gi's scheduled my last sope at three years. I wasn't happy about it but she was not inclined to change it. I ran out of private insurance and had to go public. The backlog there took me out to three and a half years. I knew there was things in there I just hoped they had not turned. When I was told the largest polyp was 11 mm I was really concerned , they don't normally get to that size in three years. I was just lucky they were tubular adenomas , they can turn but are considered the least likely. My latest GI did not expect to find any. He has assured me I will never go beyond two years on future scopes. Perhaps a lesson for all of us , Hugs ron.