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Posted by Tim on October 14, 2000 at 18:27:00:

In Reply to: Re: Found polyps in my father's colon posted by SarahB on September 28, 2000 at 13:32:18:

: : They haven't said that he has cancer. I thought that polyps were cancer. What are polyps?
: : -MArcello

Polyps are irregular clusters of tissue on the wall of the colon. They are made up of the same cells that line the colon and are benign (not cancer. They are relatively common. Polys are usually clssified as villious (flat) or pedunculated (on a stalk like a mushroom.

Polyps can be a precursor to cancer, especially if they are the villous type. Polyps can also have small regions of cancer within them. Unless the polyp has an obvious region of cancer, it is impossible to determine if a polyp has cancer cells in it without taking out the whole polyp and examining it under the microscope. The two options for removing the polyp are:

1) Colonoscopic excision - using a scope inserted through the anus to visualize and cut out the polyp.

OR
2) Surgery

Hope I have helped!


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