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Colonoscopy done, polyps removed. Will biopsy of these polyps help in detecting malignancy?

My GI removed a polyp/growth the size of a tennis ball (his words not mine). He said it was very hard to remove but he got it out and cauterized the area. I feel fine and this was suppose to be a routine colonoscopy . He also did an endo, and removed 6 polyps the size of small mushrooms. I haven t heardfrom him and it s been 5 days; can I assume I don t have cancer . How long does a biopsy take?
Asked On : Sat, 19 Jan 2013
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Hello and welcome to HCM

Certain types of polyps are pre-cursors of malignancy.
The microscopic examination will only help to find out the type of polyp and whether there is pre-invasive condition or a fully developed malignancy.
The microscopic/ histopathological examination involves fixation and processing of the tissue.
This process takes around 7-10 days.
You can wait for around 7-10 days.

Thanks and take care
Dr Shailja P Wahal
Answered: Sat, 19 Jan 2013
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