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Doc.. followup to previous posts.. Brother had polyp

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Doc.. followup to previous posts.. Brother had polyp couldn't be removed during colonoscopy. though biop came up cancer. Surgically removed polyp and 3 inches on both sides and 8 lymph nodes. Doc said everything looked well. His last colonoscopy was just 3 years ago.
Results came back with cancer in 4 of 8 nodes. But didn't invade wall of intestines.
How do they tell if there's further spread?
They did a CT scan before the operation. DO they look at all the organs or just the intestines when they do CT?


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As for what a pre-operative CT scan looked at, it depends on whatever the physician ordered. If he only asked for abdominal/pelvic, that is all they look at. Now that spread to lymph nodes has been confirmed, they will likely do a whole body scan to see if it has spread elsewhere prior to beginning any further therapy (radiation, chemo).

Please let me know if you have questions.

All the best,



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