Friday, July 29, 2016

Colonoscopy Biopsy Results

Seaside Gastroenterology Consultants

This morning at 8 am I had my followup visit to my colonoscopy of a few weeks ago.  

During my colonoscopy the doctor removed five polyps. They were sent out for a biopsy. My appointment with the doctor's office this morning was to review the results of that biopsy.  

I was informed the polyps were precancerous. 

I have to admit that this wasn't the result I wanted to hear.  No one want to hear the "C" word as a result of a medical procedure.

The good news is that I don't have cancer.  The bad news is that I am producing those polyps. 

There were three results I could have had.


  • Benign polyps
  • Precancerous polyps
  • Cancerous polyps


What do I do now besides have something else to worry about?  I was told that I have to have a colonoscopy every three years now. While I'm not looking forward to having a colonoscopy every three years it's a lot of better than the alternative.

Three years.  

It's been three years since I was diagnosed with prostate cancer. I was upset by that diagnosis too but I took steps to remove that cancer (seed implants) and have been cancer free since. 

Let's face it folks, something is going to get us.  No one lives forever.  I'm at that age when my "yesterdays are more than my tomorrows" but I am thankful that I'm still here.  And folks, believe me, I'm going to make the most of whatever healthy days I have left. 






24 comments:

  1. Ron, Sorry to hear about the polyps diagnosis, however thank goodness they were not cancer. Take care and wish you well always.

    Linda

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    1. Linda,
      I to am thankful the polyps were not cancerous. But precancerous is enough to give me pause and thankful that I get regular colonoscopies.
      Ron

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    2. My polyps were precancerous, too. Scary stuff.

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  2. OMG! Even if the news isn't quite the very worst it could have been it's still news that you well could have done without. Very sorry to hear it, Ron. It seems that as we age more and more of our attention is necessarily given up to our crumbling bodies and its ailments. A dreary business indeed. My thoughts are with you as we wish you as well as you can hope for.

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    1. Ray,
      I have to admit I was surprised to hear the "C" word again. But I am thankful the polyps were precancerous and not cancerous. This reinforces the need to get regular colonoscopies.
      Ron

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    1. grouchy,
      At least I don't have cancer. Thank goodness.
      Ron

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  4. "Precancerous' wigs out a lot of people. but I it doesn't evoke tuppence in me. I am glad you had only common/typical precancerous polyps.

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    1. Dr. Spo,
      Hearing from you that the polyps I had were common/typical precancerous polyps. Thank you for that information. I am somewhat relieved.
      Ron

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  5. Ron,
    Did they tell you if they were hyperplastic or adenomas? If they want you to get checked every three years I am guessing adenomas. Sorry you are back on this medical chase.

    Larry

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    1. Lar,
      They were adenomas. I'm on yet another medical treadmill. It's always something isn't it Lar? Especially at our age when we start falling apart.
      Ron

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  6. Sorry even the C word was mentioned. Hope you feel better soon. Cheryl

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    1. Thanks Cheryl. I use the other "C" word like I always do, "Coping."
      Ron

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  7. Glad it was not cancerous. I had polyps too that they said were the kind that could turn into cancer. I had to do the 3 years but ended up doing it in 4 b/c I was dreading it. None this time so they recommended 5 years next time. Referred to you from Jon. Will add you to my blog roll. :-)

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    1. Back Porch Writer,
      Welcome to my blog! I am thankful that the polyps were not cancerous but like you, I have to admit I am dreading my next colonoscopy. Hopefully, I will receive good news like you received.
      Ron

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  8. The most important thing is that you have been getting regular checkups and these polyps were removed. You're doing okay, Ron - don't be worried!

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    1. Thanks Jon. I do get regular checkups just for this reason. I don't want to be like my cousin Jeffrey Tipton and uncle Sam Tipton, too lazy to get a checkup. They're dead now, both leaving behind grieving widows and children. Me? I want to be around a long time in spite of what my boss at the hotel said last night to me when I informed him of the precancerous polyps. He said "At your age, it's a NON-ISSUE." I was a bit taken aback, I have to admit. My age? That's what I said to him. He said "What are you, in your 70's?" I told him I'll be 75 this year. So I guess I'm done for. Too old. Wake up call.
      Ron

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    2. Why are folks so insensitive?! A few years back, I cut loose a contemporary because I found her to be callous regarding loss. (I guess it's how some of us cope?) I remember sharing the sad news of our mutual friend, then aged 65, who'd lost a dear friend of his to cancer. Her response was, 'Well, he's old, so it's not like it was a surprise.' Excuse me?

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    3. Bea,
      I was shocked by his dismissive attitude but maybe I read him wrong. Another commenter suggested that perhaps he meant that precancerous polyps discovered at my age were not as dangerous had they been discovered if I was much younger.
      Ron

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  9. Bea,
    I have to admit I was taken aback by his callous remark. I don't think of myself as old and at Death's Door but apparently some view me that way. As I said, "wake up call."
    Ron

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    1. Anonymous9:56 AM

      Hi Ron ... after reading what your boss said I have a different interpretation, is it possible you misunderstood? Of course I wasn't there to hear how he said it, but just reading it now ... coming from a medical background we learn that certain diagnoses have different outcomes depending on the patient's age. I interpret your boss's remarks to be that "in your 70s precancerous polyps are less serious than if you had precancerous polyps in your 40s". I am guessing he didn't mean "you're already in your 70s, you've lived a long life, if it's your time to go it's time to go".

      Do you see what I mean? Doctors get more nervous if certain cancers (or in this case precancerous polyps) show up in younger patients because sometimes it means that it is more aggressive, whereas if the polyps haven't shown up until you are in your 70s, the condition is less aggressive, and that is why it is a non-issue. (Enough of an issue to keep your followup appointments, but not enough of an issue for you to be as concerned for your future as a 40-year-old whose condition is concerned more aggressive than yours would be).

      Hope this makes sense! While your boss definitely could have worded himself better, I believe in his clumsy way he was telling you that you had a good outcome, not that "your time has come".

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    2. Anonymous,
      Thank you for your comment. I had not thought of this. I think you may be right. My boss is a caring person but sometimes when he communicates he can seem somewhat dismissive in his tone. I probably received his comments in the wrong light.
      Ron

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  10. Ron, Please take good care of your self, we need you around for a long time. And besides I want to invite you to my retirement/65 year birthday party in 2024!

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    1. Randy,
      Thanks! I do plan to be around a long time because I will definitely attend your retirement/65 year birthday party in 2024. Of course I'll be 83 years old then and pretty well spent!
      Ron

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