You can request to have one now if it is in your family history. I'm not a doctor but I don't think there is any way to get an "inaccurate result" from a colonoscopy. Colonrectal cancer usually begins with benign polyps. So you either have them or you don't. If they find them they snip them off and test them to see if it is cancer. If the polyp has already turned into a cancerous mass...then you have to determine what the treatment will be, i.e., just surgery, radiation and/or chemo. If you have colonrectal cancer in your family history if I were you I would be getting my colonoscopy now.View Thread
Very well said tammyrobo. I am a 9 year stage 4 rectal cancer survivor. Nobody else in my family had ever been diagnosed with colonrectal cancer but that doesn't mean they didn't have it; they might have died of other causes before the colon cancer was found. Everybody in my family after me, i.e., my siblings, children, grandchildren, etc. now must be checked to be on the safe side. If it is in your family history or even if it is not as in my case, everyone should have a colonoscopy on the 50th birthday.View Thread
I am a 61 year old woman, Stage IV cancer survivor (November 2004). If it is Stage IV he will need to go through some more testing to see where the cancer has spread to in his body (usually the liver and lungs). The part about the doctors wanting to wait two months to begin chemo has me puzzled. They tested and scanned me a couple of times and found that the cancer had traveled to one lobe of my liver, later they found it in the middle lobe of my lung. I went through radiation and chemo right off the bat to shrink the cancer, then surgery and more chemo. He will need assistance during the radiation and chemo treatments and after surgery. If I were you I would offer to go to the doctor with him the next time so you can take notes and help think for him because when you get diagnosed with cancer your mind doesn't function very well. Most doctors encourage family members or close friends to be there. Hope this helps.View Thread
To date, I don't think they have come up with anything that works as well as a colonoscopy. However, I do believe that the stuff you have to take beforehand has been improved, like you can take pills instead of drinking that nasty yucky stuff. But one way or another you need to have your colon clean to have a good colonoscopy.View Thread
Yes she has a good chance of beating this!!!!! I was diagnosed with Stage IV rectal cancer November 2004 and I am cancer free today.
First of all I would suggest that she get a second opinion. They need to determine if the spots on her lung are matastasized colon cancer and if it is than I would think that it is Stage IV instead of Stage 2. My colon cancer had matastasized to one lobe of my liver and also to the middle lobe of my right lung. In colon cancer when it has traveled to other organs in is Stage IV. My own experience was radiation in the beginning and chemo to shrink the tumor before surgery so they wouldn't have to cut out so much good tissue, several surgeries, healing, chemo afterwards. It is a hard battle but one that she can win. She will probably need some help and assistance during the chemo and recovering from surgery. Give her a good loving support system and that is half the battle!View Thread
You definitely should have a colonoscopy just to make sure you don't have any problems there. May be nothing. But stool samples don't always show the cause of bleeding. Before I was diagnosed with Stage IV rectal cancer I had stool samples and they found no blood. It was only with the colonoscopy that they found the rectal tumor. Do not fear the colonoscopy. It is a life saving diagnostic test. If he doesn't find anything then he can explore what is causing your stomach problems. The worst part is the prep and that really isn't that bad.View Thread
@ pugsley7274. Unfortunately, my whole surgical team at West Penn has broken up and moved on to other areas of the country. My surgeon was Dr. Philip Caushaj who had a partnership with a Dr. Read. Dr. Caushaj left West Penn and moved his practice to another area. I think Dr. Read might have left the area also. I follow up now with Dr. James McCormick an associate of Dr. Caushaj in West Penn's Monroeville branch. John Lech was my oncologist. He was also at West Penn at that time. It is my understanding he is now with UPMC and only specializes in colon/rectal cancer. I have very much respect and trust in Dr. Lech.View Thread