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kjellstrom 10-26-2007 09:25 PM

My Mom's Colonoscopy Results - Tumor & Biopsy - Please Help!
 
I am very sad to be here posting this. My mother turned 60 yesterday and had her colonoscopy this morning - the doctor found a tumor that was too big to remove during the procedure. He took a few samples and sent it off for biopsy. He told us that just by looking at it, he is unable to tell us whether it is benign or malignant. He said it is about 4cm (1.5 inches) and a fairly large size. Other than that, he said we'd have to wait a week for the results, and, whether they be malignant or benign, the mass would need to be removed anyway. Of course, I was crying my eyes out and my mom was so calm but I just am so scared. The doctor did not seem very optimistic - at least in my opinion.

So, her background. She has had diverticulitis off and on in her 50's and suffered with constipation her whole life. She has also had hemorrhoids but nothing too major. She has never been a drinker or a smoker and cancer does not run in our family at all that we know of. She is a just a tad overweight - maybe 10-20 pounds at most? Also, she has never had a colonoscopy before.

She has no pain, no weight loss and had a chest x-ray about two months ago for an elective cosmetic procedure - it was negative. However, she did tell me that she has had a tinge of bright red blood after a bm while wiping about three times in the past three years? So, this concerns me a bit.

Oh, and about two years ago, when she had severe pain in her left side, she went to the ER and they did a CT scan with iodine - they discovered that she had diverticulitis. Would they have seen the tumor at this point?

So, would mind helping my mom and me out with these questions? We would appreciate it so much. We would just like to know about the sizing and the real chances of this tumor being benign? Is there any way to find out the results earlier? Why can't he give us a better idea by just looking at it? I am so scared for my mom - I can't even function, she is my very best friend and I'm a complete wreck - I never thought this could happen to her in a million years - please give us any information and advice you have - we thank you so, so much!

Oh, and another question - would a tumor be a large polyp or are these different?

*** Findings: In the rectum, a nonobstructing, large size, fungating, friable 4cm. by 4cm. mass was seen. The mass was not bleeding.

Heidi'sMom 10-27-2007 09:22 AM

Re: My Mom's Colonoscopy Results - Tumor & Biopsy - Please Help!
 
I can comment on a couple of your questions. First, the blood could be from the hemorrhoids. You will know soon enough. Try to stay calm until you find out the results. I had a tumor, as well; all biopsies came back benign but the tumor was cancer nonetheless. I am now stage IV, but I'm feeling really and so the chemo is working. There are so many more things they can do to treat colorectal cancer these days. You can check old posts to see my history. It might make you feel a bit better. I'm sorry I couldn't be of more help, but I know how frustrating it is when you post your concerns and nobody answers. God bless!

kjellstrom 10-29-2007 11:54 AM

Re: My Mom's Colonoscopy Results - Tumor & Biopsy - Please Help!
 
[QUOTE=Heidi'sMom;3278308]I can comment on a couple of your questions. First, the blood could be from the hemorrhoids. You will know soon enough. Try to stay calm until you find out the results. I had a tumor, as well; all biopsies came back benign but the tumor was cancer nonetheless. I am now stage IV, but I'm feeling really and so the chemo is working. There are so many more things they can do to treat colorectal cancer these days. You can check old posts to see my history. It might make you feel a bit better. I'm sorry I couldn't be of more help, but I know how frustrating it is when you post your concerns and nobody answers. God bless![/QUOTE]


thanks so much, heidismom. we are still waiting and hope to hear something within the next couple days - this is agonizing. while we are hoping for the best, i know in my heart it is not going to be good - fungating and friable are not benign ways to describe a tumor, sadly. i just don't know which step to take next - i want my mom to be in perfect health and want to make sure we do everything right, you know? thanks again and i wish you the very best of health and all the love in the world.

sammi2 10-29-2007 02:49 PM

Re: My Mom's Colonoscopy Results - Tumor & Biopsy - Please Help!
 
I'm sorry I can't answer your questions but just want to let you know you are not alone. I am in my early 60's & seeing a specialist this week. I am dreading my colonoscopy. I'm a big old coward. Your mom sounds like a brave person or at least she is being one for you. The waiting is horrible. I'm wishing the best for your mom. Keep us posted.

Heidi'sMom 10-29-2007 04:08 PM

Re: My Mom's Colonoscopy Results - Tumor & Biopsy - Please Help!
 
I understand what you are saying when you say you want your mom to be in perfect health. I'm sure my 2 sons, my grandchildren and my husband would echo your sentiments. However, each one of us must take what we are given and make the most of every situation. If it will help, I HONESTLY have to say that I have more inner peace and joy now than I ever did before I was diagnosed with stage IV cancer -- truly! Yes, I do want to be completely healed from this hideous illness, but if God decides it is my time to go...I'm ready. I would not have said that even 15 months ago. Please read my story if you have time.

You will get over your inital shock and grief over this...you really will. If the diagnosis is, indeed, cancer just be there for her if she wants to cry, be mad, whatever. Cook for her if she doesn't feel like it. These may sound like little things, but they mean so much to us cancer folks.

My family and I laugh a lot, do fun stuff, and spend a lot of time together just enjoying each other. I appreciate them more and they appreciate me more. They don't like it when I cry, though (they're men - lol). However, I tell them that usually my tears are tears of joy and thankfulness. If my youngest grandson sees me cry he always says "happy tears, right grandma?" My response is always "yes, happy tears Robert!"

It will get better...it really will. I don't know what your feelings are about religion, but I have hundreds of folks who pray for me every day and have been for 14 months now. I really think that is the main reason I'm doing so well. I've really learned how to pray for others (as well as myself) too.

God bless you!

Pam

[QUOTE=kjellstrom;3281414]thanks so much, heidismom. we are still waiting and hope to hear something within the next couple days - this is agonizing. while we are hoping for the best, i know in my heart it is not going to be good - fungating and friable are not benign ways to describe a tumor, sadly. i just don't know which step to take next - i want my mom to be in perfect health and want to make sure we do everything right, you know? thanks again and i wish you the very best of health and all the love in the world.[/QUOTE]

veree 10-31-2007 04:23 AM

Re: My Mom's Colonoscopy Results - Tumor & Biopsy - Please Help!
 
Hi Kjellstrom. Five years ago (this Month) my husband had surgery for a tumor the size of a golf ball that was found during his colonoscopy. He was stage 2. He had six months of chemo (one day a week) MRIs, chest xrays, bloodwork and 2 colonoscopys during this 5 years and he is doing great!


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