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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Bowel cancer timeframe

    Hi, my mum has recently been diagnosed with Stage 3 Bowel cancer. She underwent a colonoscopy 2.5 years ago and was given the "all clear". Her recent scan found a 6 polyp and post a resection she has found out that her lymph nodes are infected. It may have also spread to her liver, as there is an undiagnosed lump. Is a 6cm polyp and Stage 3 (potentially 4) in 2.5 years (between colonoscopies) considered 'aggressive'? If so, does it factor into her treatment? I.e. should it reflect in her chemo dose? Does it greatly diminish her life expectancy? I really want to know the truth and be educated wth facts so I can help make some informed decisions. Thank you to anyone who can help.
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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 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 Bowel Care Advisory Services team, one of our friendly Bowel Care Nurses would be very happy to get in contact with you to provide an individual response and advice.

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

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

    Kind Regards,
    The team at Bowel Cancer Australia

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    If you believe your symptoms are consistent with those of bowel cancer or a digestive illness, please consult your doctor.

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