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Old 06-04-2009, 02:51 AM   #1
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how long does cancer take to grow in colon

how long does cancer take to grow in colon

 
Old 06-07-2009, 07:17 PM   #2
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Re: how long does cancer take to grow in colon

It depends on the type and aggression of the cancer. Some cancers may have far more normal cells than cancerous and will grow more slowly than a cancer that is predominantly cancer cells. Most colon tumours stem from cacerous polyps. They start out looking like little warts inside the colon. At first they contain normal type cells but over time they develop dysplasia which is pre cancerous changes within the polyps cells. Undected they eventually become cancer and invade the colon wall. My gi tells me that this process will not take place in less than three years. It generally does not but I have had small two mm polyps removed which have shown precancerous changes when biopsied. My cancer was described as 'frightfully' aggressive by my surgeon ,it had invaded six lymph nodes and he said that within a few weeks I would have had no chance. I have been very lucky and have been ca free nearly 12 years since surgery and chemo,Cheers Ron.

 
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Old 06-07-2009, 11:00 PM   #3
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Re: how long does cancer take to grow in colon

Hi "idunno",
I have a familt history of colon cancer, 2 uncles from my father's side and my father had cancerous polyps removed when he was 60 plus. He's now 80.
I had a colonscope done in 2004 and they found nothing. However, they found occult blood in my stool recently. Just worried if it might point to colon cancer.

 
Old 06-08-2009, 11:21 PM   #4
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Re: how long does cancer take to grow in colon

You can google for the answer. I posted it earlier from a website which contained an article on colon cancer and the nazi's removed it.

 
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Re: how long does cancer take to grow in colon

I am surprised that with your family history and finding occult blood in the stool that they have not scheduled another scope. It would be better safe than sorry. I would push for it,Ron.

 
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Re: how long does cancer take to grow in colon

Occult blood can be a sign of many things, but is a good reason to get a colonoscopy. I did after a positive hemoccult and mine turned up a "tubular villiform adenoma with high-grade dysplasia". I looked it up, of course, and found that the percentages of these turning into cancer over 5-10 years is still relatively low- in other words, this type was pretty slow-growing. That's why most of the time they give you another 3-5 years before you come back. My doc wants to see me in another year, which I think is conservative, but having been through the colonoscopy and found it manageable (without sedation- see separate thread on that), I'll happily be back on schedule.

 
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