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Old 05-25-2012, 10:01 AM   #2
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Re: very scared

The reason a resection is being suggested is that a 2mm margin is not considered a a good enough clear margin and a resection would ensure the establishment of a wider clear margin and detect if there is any additional cancer cells in the area. A colorectal board certified surgeon is probably the best MD to perform the resection, especially if the polyps were in the lower part of the colon. Prior to any surgery, you should have blood work done that includes a baseline CEA level. For some people, the CEA is a good indicator of the presence of colon cancer. In addition, before surgery, a CAT scan of the chest, abdomen and pelvis would determine if any metastases are present in other parts of the body. Cancer can spread via the blood or the lymphatic system in addition to direct growth, thus having the CAT scan would be a good idea.

If there are any signs of cancer beyond the polyp, then mop-up chemo is prescribed to wipe out any stray cancer cells and is very effective. I had Stage III colon cancer with 2 positive lymph nodes, underwent a right hemicolectomy and 6 mos. of chemo and have been NED (no evidence of disease) since 2004.

Good Luck
Lynch Syndrome
2003 Colon cancer of the cecum
1995 Endometrial cancer

Last edited by LESLIETOO; 05-25-2012 at 10:04 AM.