Resolve to Get Colon Cancer Test

Community Leader
Registered: 07-25-2000
Resolve to Get Colon Cancer Test
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Sat, 01-07-2012 - 7:20pm

If you're 50 or older, consider making it a new year goal to get screened for colorectal cancer, the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy suggests.

Colorectal cancer is one of the most preventable cancers because most cases arise from precancerous growths in the colon called polyps. These can be found during a screening exam and removed before they turn into cancer.

Community Leader
Registered: 07-25-2000
Sun, 01-08-2012 - 5:40pm

By the way, I am taking my own advice. I got a referral from my primary care doc in September to get a colonoscopy and have been putting it off. I will call and make an appointment this week!

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
Fri, 02-03-2012 - 3:16pm

Over 50 here, and yes, I made it my New Year's goal to get it done!

I had the colonoscopy yesterday, and they told me to call the next day for an appt with my dr for the results. I just called, the office is closed and he is on holidays as of today until Feb 13th! Which means I can't even MAKE an appt till then!

As I was waking up from the test, I heard one nurse tell another that they had to watch me very closely for bleeding because they had removed a very large polyp. She repeated "very large!" When I asked for information, they said I had to speak to the dr. When I asked if he would come speak to me before I went home, they said no, just make an appt.

I looked up polyps and it says that the bigger the polyp, the higher the risk that it might be cancer.

Great! I am overweight, have been having trouble with diarrhea and bleeding, have extensive cancer-related problems in most of my family - many of the risk factors.

I am trying really hard not to scare myself, but geeze! Two weeks to even make an appt? Why didn't they set that up before they closed the office - or let me know so I could do so??

Community Leader
Registered: 07-25-2000
Fri, 02-03-2012 - 7:08pm

Catherine, I am sorry for what you are going through. It is too bad that your doctor did not come to talk with you after the test. And how frustrating not to be able to even call for an appointment!

The good news is that most polyps, even large ones, are benign. I am sure you know that, though, from what you have read. I can understand why you are still anxious. I would be, too, in your place. It is the wondering and waiting that get to us. Hopefully you will be able to get an immediate appointment once you do get a chance to call. Hang in there and try not to worry. Please let us know what the results are when you do see him.

Community Leader
Registered: 07-25-2000
Fri, 02-24-2012 - 8:22pm

Catherine, I am wondering what you found out about your polyp. Have you been able to see your doctor, yet?

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
Fri, 02-24-2012 - 10:12pm
nottoo wrote:

Catherine, I am wondering what you found out about your polyp. Have you been able to see your doctor, yet?

Thanks for thinking about me! I wasn't able to get an appt before March 22, so almost another month to wait. Which makes me hope that means it's nothing serious, or they would want me in earlier.

Though it reminds me of a joke...

Dr says, "I have bad news, and worse news. Which would you like first?"

Patient says, " Give me the bad news doctor."

Doctor says, "You have 4 weeks to live."

Patient asks, "OMG! What could possibly be the worst news?"

Doctor said, " I should have told you that three weeks ago"

Community Leader
Registered: 07-25-2000
Fri, 02-24-2012 - 11:39pm

That seems very unreasonable to me to make you wait that long, no matter what the results were. If he can't see you before that he should be willing to at least talk to you. Although I am sure you are right that they would not put you off so long if it were serious. Still, keeping you hanging that long just doesn't seem very compassionate!

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
Sat, 02-25-2012 - 9:16am

Compassionate care doesn't seem to be all that important to doctors, as far as I have seen. :(

But when it is bad news, they do call you in, in my experience, so I keep telling myself that this means it is good news.

However, as much as I don't want bad news, it would be really nice to get an answer to what is wrong. I have been eating gluten-free for 3 years. I asked the doctor for help back when I got so bad with diarrhea that I could not leave the house. I ended up living on a liquid diet for 3 months before it stopped. All the doctor told me was that I could not stay on a liquid diet forever and if wheat bothered me to stop eating it. No, I was told, there is no test. Ha!

So I have stuck to my diet all this time, but if ever I ate anything contaminated with wheat (without my knowledge), I got the bad diarrhea again. So I know that gluten-free is working for me. BUT recently I have tried baked goods from two different gluten-free bakeries and I got so sick again! It takes such a toll on my body...

It seems I am constantly losing foods I can tolerate, unable to eat hardly any meat, no roughage, no fruit, on top of a ton of allergies. If there was any way to do it, I would love to just give up eating, there is no joy left in it for me.

Community Leader
Registered: 07-25-2000
Sun, 02-26-2012 - 8:28am

That does sound extremely frustrating. Have you tried going to a different doctor, if one is available? Medicine is far from an exact science and perhaps another doctor would have different ideas.

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
Sun, 02-26-2012 - 10:34am

The doctor that did the colonoscopy is a GI specialist my family doctor sent me to - so hopefully this doctor will be of more help. Even if he does make me wait forever for my results!

Community Leader
Registered: 07-25-2000
Mon, 02-27-2012 - 3:43pm

Hopefully the GI specialist will be able to help so you are not so miserable all the time. Please let us know what he has to say when you finally get to see him.