• 11 days ago

    Colon cancer - treatment time period

    My husband is scheduled for a second attempt to remove polyps & "see" if the cancer has spread. About a year & a half ago he had his first colonoscopy & they removed 9 polyps. 3 of which were cancerous.. so we've been told.
    I am having the absolute hardest time grasping what is actually going on because he is so vague & hates talking about his health. I'm only given quick overviews of what is going on & small bits of information from his doctor.
    I don't want him going through with this procedure in a couple days because nothing is adding up.
    1. During the first colonoscopy the doctor called him the very next day, before sending the polyps off to be tested & told him 3 of the 9 ARE cancerous.
    (From everything I've read, I keep finding it basically impossible to tell just from looking at the polyp if they are cancerous or not.)
    - The doctor supposedly sent all 9 polyps to be lab tested & apparently only the 3 he "diagnosed" with his eyes, happened to be the cancerous ones.
    2. This took place right at a year & a half ago.
    (I would think cancer would be a more serious "right now" issue & would want it treated or at least monitored as soon as possible.)
    - The doctor allowed him to schedule this second procedure a year & a half later without any kind of tests or screening since the first colonoscopy.
    3. Their reason for this procedure is to "get the rest of the polyps & see if the cancer has spread."
    (Correct me if I'm wrong... "If it's not broke, don't fix it.")
    - I can't understand why all the polyps weren't removed the first time. I can't understand cutting into him to see if the cancer has spread. Isn't it like opening a wound? Doesn't it make it worse if its disturbed?
    4. They are forcing him to have the procedure.
    (I can't grasp allowing him to wait so long to have this procedure, & then forcing him to go through with it.)
    - He's had this same doctor for about 7 years. The doctor has told him that if he does not go through with the procedure, he will be dropped as a patient.
    What!? This is cancer we're talking about! Let my husband wait well over a year to even try & dive deeper into treatment & now all of a sudden if he doesn't want to - drop him!?

    I just don't understand how, why or anything really. I guess my big question is.. Is this type of situation common?