Hello to you all, I am pleased I found this forum, this is my story so far:
After submitting an abnormal sample to the bowel cancer screening programme it was subsequently discovered after a colonoscopy that one of the two polyps they had removed was cancerous, apparently it contained precancerous cells as well as true cancerous cells. I have now had a further procedure in which the surgeon carried out an examination under anesthesia using ultrasound. This has revealed no evidence of residual disease and scar area is healing well.
The problem is that the cancerous polyp was removed from the area close to the spincter and as such the potential for future radical surgery should it be required is extremely limited and a permanent colostomy would be inevitable. In addition the histology report states that the cancerous cells were contained in the polyp down to the margin of excision which is why the surgeon subsequently revisited the area the polyp was removed from. The plan now is monitor me very closely every three months via a signoscopy examinantion with CT and MRI scans yearly henceforth.
I am amazed by the speed in which they are moving on this, it has only been a month since the initial colonoscopy. How do you deal with the waiting? I should be better at dealing with cancer as I lost my Dear Wife to it two years ago, but I dont seem able to deal with the waiting and the fear of a colostomy. The team looking after me are amazing people with such dedication. I would appreciate any comments from anyone on here....Thanks