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Why have I been asked to attend for a CT Scan?

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I had a colonoscopy on March 10th during which 4 polyps were removed. I was told that whilst a biopsy would be carried out there was nothing to be concerned about because they were of a type which appeared normal.

I have today received an appointment for a CT scan of my abdomen and pelvis (using a contrast solution). Does this indicate an abnormal finding from the biopsy?

I have a history of polyps going back 20 years.

Ellen M-Macmillan
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Hi ,

Thanks for getting in touch with us and welcome to our Online Community.

It’s understandable why you’re questioning why you’ve received an appointment for a CT scan of your abdomen and pelvis.

It’s difficult for us as nurses on this type of platform to comment on whether this would indicate an abnormal finding from your recent biopsies.

Although the specialist who carried out the biopsies indicated that there was nothing to be concerned about, because they were the type which appeared normal, only the pathologist who looks at them under the microscope can confirm whether they were a cancer.

Bowel polyps do not usually turn into cancer. But if some types of polyps (called adenomas) are not removed, there's a chance they may eventually become cancerous.

It would be unusual to ask for a CT scan if someone had bowel polyps that were benign.

We would encourage you to call your hospital team or GP, who will be able to give you more information.

I appreciate that this is now the bank holiday weekend, and it will be difficult for you to talk to someone about what is happening. If you wanted to talk to one of our nurses for support you can call our Support Line on 0808-808-0000, our lines are open every day from 8am till 8pm.

Best wishes and take care.

Ellen-Cancer Information Nurse Specialist.