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Colonoscopy for ruling out colon cancer - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Doctor :   hi
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how can i help u?
User :   I had an appointment with a GI yesterday, and a colonoscopy scheduled for the 2nd. He's not worried about colon cancer because of my age and overall health, and wants to rule it out. I'm scared to death. Can you offer additional commentary? I'm really stressing.
Doctor :   why are u scared?

User :   because of the fact that it could be colon cancer- the not knowing. I've read that its often asymptomatic. Is it possible to be stage III or IV and not know it?
Doctor :   whats ur age?

User :   33
Doctor :   have u chatted with us before?

User :   no
Doctor :  
ok
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why did u go for colonoscopy?
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cancers are rare diseases

Doctor :   hi
User :   Hi
Doctor :  
cancers are very rare disease
User :   So I went to the doctor because I've had hemmoroids since high school. Occasionally I will have blood on the tissue when I wipe. On rare occasions the bowel movement will be streaked with a little bright colored blood, and perhaps some bright colored blood will be in the water. The first time it happened was when I was 19, and I thought it was because of straining during weight lifting and didn't ever go see anyone about it.
User :   I've also had other issues with severe stomach cramping and bathroom emergencies triggered by certain foods, generally acidic or dairy related.
Doctor :  
give me 2 minutes to read
Doctor :   ok

Doctor :  
why did doctor order colonoscopy?
User :   because he said anytime there is blood involved, he wants to error on the side of caution and rule out anything more severe, such as colon cancer or polyps
Doctor :  
ok
Doctor :   do u have family history of haemorrhoids?
User :   I don't know much about my family- I'm adopte
User :   adopted*
Doctor :  
ok
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do u have pain while bleeding?
User :   no
User :   just the slight burning/itching
Doctor :  
ok
Doctor :   any weight loss?
User :   no
Doctor :   ur symptoms are more so like internal haemorroids

Doctor :  
he has done colonoscpy just to rule out
Doctor :   chances are very low ..for u to get colon cancer..
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Hemorrhoids are very common and have been estimated to occur in up to half the population by age 50 years.
Doctor :   are u there?
User :   I guess my biggest fear is/was that colon cancer is often asymptomatic, and that it mimics so many other health issues. Is it a true statement that an individual with an intermediate or advanced stage colon cancer condition would be experiencing much more severe symptoms and problems than I have?
Doctor :  
what u have read is correct
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but...ur symptoms are more towards internal haemorroids
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this test is just to rule out cancer....he is not suspecting any cancer
User :   ok, well that sounds like a good answer to me
Doctor :  
incidence of colon cancer is very low
User :   well I appreciate your insight & expertise
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ok
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thanks
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Did you follow what I said?
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are u there?
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Doctor :   hi
User :   sorry I lost my connection
Doctor :  
its ok no problem
User :   I definitely follow what you are saying. I feel a little better now. I'll feel alot better once the colonoscopy is over with and I can talk to my doctor about what he saw
Doctor :  
yes
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when is ur report gonna come?
User :   I have my colonoscopy on wednesday december 2nd, and they said I can talk to the doctor after I wake up from the anestesia
Doctor :  
ok good
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till then don't worry
User :   I'll do my best!
Doctor :   everything will be fine
User :   thank you
Doctor :  
welcome
Doctor :  
there is hell lot of difference between suspicion and ruling out a disease...
User :   lol, that is good to know
Doctor :  
hmm...
Doctor :  
colon cancer risk is increased after 50 years
User :   right, unless there is a family history, or complications caused by other bowel diseases
Doctor :   yes....u are right
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Is there any thing else I can help you with?


User :   Well, given what you've told me, the fact that my doctor didn't seem concerned that this is colon cancer, and that my most recent (april 09) blood count didn't come back abnormal, I feel pretty good about things
User :   No, that is really the only thing that I've been worrying about
Doctor :   yes
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are u cleared of your doubts now?
User :   as much as I can be until I have my definitive answer on the 2nd. By the way, does the fact that the blood count that I had done back in April weigh any in your opinion?
Doctor :   what are the tests done?
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what is the reprt?
User :   They did a comprehensive blood cell count before a knee surgery to make sure I was ok for the surgery and anestesia
Doctor :   ok

Doctor :  
every thing is fine?
User :   yes, my surgery went great, and the recovery has been ahead of schedule
Doctor :  
good
Doctor :   thats great
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Please fill the feedback form say done when done.


User :   done
Doctor :   u can sit back and relax now
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on 2nd go for colonoscopy \
Doctor :   and come back with good news
User :   thanks for your time!
Doctor :  
welcome
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we are here to help u
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bye take care
User :   bye you too
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