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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    What is the best treatment for cloacogenic carcinoma?

    Hi, yesterday I had a colonoscopy and the specialist found a 2.5cm polyp/growth about 10cm in from my anus in the rectum. He took biopsy and is waiting for the results. He said more than likely it is malignant which hits you like a ton of bricks. There is so much info on the net and your head spins. He also mentioned surgery which removes a section of the rectum and then sewn together. The photo looks like a grape being half smooth and the rest looking quite ugly. I could not see a stem. Next step is to see a specialist surgeon after I get the results. The rest of the bowel is clear only 1 growth.

    What I would like to know is..
    1. Next steps after seeing surgeon.
    2. Most likely treatment for what I have
    3. Post recovery
    4. Long term survivability


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    Hi Kon. I know exactly how you are feeling having been through a similar situation myself. My heart goes out to you. If the polyp does turn out to be cancerous surgery is the only option. Usually the surgeon will also remove adjacent lymph nodes during the surgery to see if any cancer cells have been captured there and how many lymph are involved. Chemotherapy as a possibility after you have healed after surgery (3 to 6 weeks but no longer than that) will be discussed with you following by the Oncologist.
    I wish you well and let us know how you get on.

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