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    Should I have surgery as soon as possible or can I wait?

    I am a 43 year old woman with no family hx. Had a sessile polyp removed from the recto-sigmoid junction 20/11/12 at first ever colonoscopy. Diagnosed as non-invasive, high-grade dysplasia only. At review on 4/2/13 with flexy sig a peduncular polyp was removed from the ‘upper rectum’ and found to be malignant. Thought most likely from same site. Anterior resection commenced on 25/3/13 but aborted as tattoo done in November not visible and no marking done in Feb. Planned fleet enema omitted so clear internal view not available.

    On 12/4/13 flexy sig to mark spot found no evidence of previous polypectomies, but a third polyp removed 6–7cm from anus. Benign. Surveillance recommended.

    2nd opinion sought 24/4. Slides of first polyp considered to show definite invasive cancer. Ultra-low A R rec'd. Surgeon 1 agreed. Confidence in team 1 shattered. Offered surgery by team 1 on 3/5 or team 2 at end May. No info on revised prognostic stats given. Lots of Qs. Stressed! Any advice appreciated.
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  • Bowel Cancer Australia is the leading community-funded charity dedicated to prevention, early diagnosis, research, quality treatment and care for everyone affected by bowel cancer. We … View Profile

    Thank you very much for your enquiry.

    Due to the detailed nature of your questions they are quite difficult to answer in an online forum.

    If you'd like to send your questions through to Bowel Cancer Australia's Nurse Adviser we'd be very happy to get in contact with you to provide an individualised response and advice.

    You can send your questions to us using the web form available at

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    •Bowel Cancer: Tests and Investigations -
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    •Living with bowel cancer -
    •Bowel cancer: What I Need to Ask -

    We look forward to receiving your questions and to offering you some tailored advice.

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    The team at Bowel Cancer Australia

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