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Size of a malignant colon polyp
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positivethinker posted:
My brother was just diagnosed with a malignant polyp the size of 1mm. What does the size of this polyp mean? Is it considered large or small. He goes to see the surgeon next week. I would like to find out as much as possible about all so that it doesn't hit me hard if the news is bad. I want to be positive and supportive of him cuz I know he's scared. I do know they plan on removing a portion of his colon to be on the safe side. During his colonoscopy they did found 9 polyps but I only know of one that was malignant. The doctor said the surrounding area of where they removed it looked funny that is why she suggests the removal of that part of his colon. My brother said he thought she had said 12 inches of colon would be removed. Any words that can help me be supportive for my brother would be greatly appreciated.
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georgiagail responded:
1 mm is 3/64's of an inch.


The amount of colon considered being removed is not unusual. When I had my surgery; a right "hemicolectomy" (i.e., the right portion of my colon removed) more as a preventive measure as I had a history of precancerous polyps and one could not be removed via colonoscopy, 12 inches were removed during the surgery.


Gail


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