Hello! I posted this on the 'ask a doc' forum, but thought I would post here as well since experiences from other patients can be so valuable :)!
I would like to know if people ever get 'second opinions' after colonoscopies with findings such as what were included on my recent report (see below) with an adeonoma polyp. I am a 45-year old pre-menopausal female with no known colon cancer in the family, but had a colonoscopy because of anemia of unknown causes.
Here is what was found on my colonoscopy:
5 mm tubular adenoma negative for high-grade dysplasia or malignancy (it also mentions semi-sessile in the report).
I cannot see the doctor for follow-up discussions for another month, so I am really anxious about what this might mean. The nurse did tell me that he wants to see me back in 5 years instead of 10, so it sounds like they aren't too concerned with the results.
I was actually shocked by this finding, as I understand it is not cancerous, but is pre-cancerous. Even though it was removed, I am afraid of the following:
1. What if it wasn't removed completely? How can they be sure without taking a second look?
2. What if there were others that they didn't find?
What would be gained by getting a second opinion or even a second colonoscopy? That is NOT what I want to do, but also don't want to wait five years and live in a heightened state of anxiety.
Any thoughts from those who have experience with colonoscopies/polyps and have 'been there done that'??
It states in your report that it was negative for being malignant or pre-cancerous. Tubular adenomas are polyps which carry a very low risk for turning cancerous. Once a polyp is found they want to see you sooner because this means you are at risk for developing more, but doesn't mean you will. You should be seen in 5 years when you turn 50 regardless of them having found a polyp. Polyps are slow growing. I would relax, they remove polyps everyday and if they had any doubts they wouldn't want to wait 5 years. Hope this helps, and I wouldn't worry.
Thanks, Mammo :)) They did tell me it WAS pre-cancerous (but not malignant, meaning it was not currently cancerous, but that it COULD potentially years down the road). I do understand that they are slow-growing, and you are probably right......if they had any doubts they would not want to wait that long. I think when I heard the words 'pre-cancerous' that it really freaked me out. I am still going to ask if I can have it done before 5 years, but I am not nearly as panicky as I was those first few days. Do you know what the actual risk is, Mammo, for a tubular adenoma?? I am going to see if I can research and find out a number.........I think that would reassure me further :) If you have this info., please share. Thank you for your response, by the way!
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