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Colon Cancer

What is my prognosis after surgery?

06/03/2008

Question:

I had a colonoscopy last week. I had three polyps removed and I have a 5cm mass inside my rectum. Now the biopsy shows borderline cancer. My doctor wants to remove part of my colon. My diagnosis is tubulovillous adenoma. I`m having a CT scan of the abdomen done tomorrow.

Answer:

If you do not have cancer, you do not need a part of your colon or rectum removed. Find a specialist in colon and rectal surgery who can do a trans-rectal ultrasound and offer you a transanal excision, if appropriate.

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Response by:

Janice Frederick Rafferty, MD Janice Frederick Rafferty, MD
Professor of Surgery
Chief of Colorectal Surgery Division
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati