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Old 11-05-2007, 11:35 AM   #1
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new diagnosis

I was recently diagnosed with a malignant rectal tumor and I have been in a panic ever since. The dr said that it looked like a normal polyp with a small area of concern which is where he biopsied and came back positive. He has told both my husband and I that he feels it is early and recently converted (6 mth to 1 yr at most). I have had blood work and CT scan which he said looked very good and recommended surgery in 4-6 wks. I am scheduled to see a specialist next Monday and they will do more tests before proceeding. That is what scares me...the what if he finds something different or more. I just don't know what to do to ease my mind if that is possible.

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Old 11-06-2007, 07:21 AM   #2
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Re: new diagnosis

Sorry to hear about your polyp. My mom had a malignant polyp just above the rectum in the sigmoid colon, which was bleeding a lot. It was removed during a regular colonoscopy. When the lab analyzed it, the top of the polyp was cancerous, but the stalk was not, neither was the part of the sigmoid it was attached to. She did not have to have radiation or chemo or anything. She has had one colonoscopy since then and has been clear. She is now 90 and in a nursing home.

I am hoping that yours will be something very insignificant and that you will not have to have any kind of treatments.

Just hang in there,


Old 11-07-2007, 07:57 AM   #3
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Re: new diagnosis

Thanks for your kind words. I am up and down these days. Sometimes I am positive and hopeful that the dr did indeed know what he was talking about. Other days I am really scared and thinking the worst. It is hard on me and my family. It is funny how one day you can be happy and full of energy and the next it is like your world has been turned upside down. And this before I even have all the tests back.

I have been having trouble sleeping for awhile...sometimes I know I have slept but not a deep restful sleep for rebuilding my energy levels. Does anyone have any suggestions how to change that? Is it possible?

How have others dealt with this diagnosis?

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