Polyp 8mm found in rectum and 4mm in anus, after colonoscopy

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Hello,

I had a colonoscopy today they removed 5 polyps they are benign, but one they found was top of anus and a lesion which was 8mm in the rectum, when I asked was it cancer they said the lesion appeared to be AIN 8mm  and polyp that looked the same possibly 4mm which could be an indication of very early signs of cancer,.

I was in shock cried a lot, but was assured it could be very early signs and it was thankfully hopefully caught earlyI was not home an hour when the hospital called to book me in for next Friday emergency surgery to remove them as the pain was unbearable today.

This evening I am still having loose bowel motion but I am putting that down to the trauma and the plenvu I had to have yesterday.

Nurse calling me tomorrow to go through next Friday procedure. Has anyone had similar on here  and after effects of the colonoscopy, I understand everyone is different,I am in a bit of a state with worry .

xx

  • Dear Elainen,

    My name is Carla and I’m one of the Cancer information Nurses on the Macmillan Support Line. Welcome to the Macmillan online community.

    I am sorry to hear about your experience of the colonoscopy and that you have been in unbearable pain.

    Investigations and diagnosis can be very overwhelming, it might reassure you to know that feeling in a state of worry is a common reaction to the news you have been given. It sounds as if your hospital team have been able to reassure you about the findings.

    Anal Intraepithelial Neoplasia (AIN) is a change in the cells that might, or might not, develop into cancer in the future. Sometimes called a pre-cancer, or a Stage 0 Anal Cancer. These types of cells are often monitored, or treated with a cream, and other times removed with laser or surgery.

    You mention a nurse is calling to talk you through the procedure today. It may be helpful to write down questions you have and to keep a notebook to hand to write down any important information.

    You asked whether other people have had similar effects after the colonoscopy. It can be normal to have loose bowel motions for a day or two after the procedure. You may also have some discomfort. Although I do not know where you have been seen, I have attached an example of an NHS trust leaflet for post -procedure advice, you may have been provided a fact sheet from your local hospital.

    If you have any new, increasing, or worsening symptoms it is always important to seek help from your healthcare team. You could do this by contacting the endoscopy department where you had your colonoscopy, your GP if within opening hours Monday - Friday, or NHS 111 out of hours including weekends.

    Some people find it helpful to share their experience with others, you can access peer support on the bowel cancer forum. However, if you feel this would not be helpful at this time, please use your own judgement.

    You can also call us on the Macmillan Support Line, 7 days a week, 8am – 8pm,  where we can offer support and a listening ear.

     

    Don’t hesitate to come back if you need anything.

    Best wishes,

    Carla, Cancer Information Nurse Specialist

    You can also speak with the Macmillan Support Line team of experts. Phone free on 0808 808 0000 (7 days a week, 8am-8pm) or send us an email.

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