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What does it mean to have a polyp? What does it mean to have a polyp?

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Unread 07-25-2002, 07:43 PM
What does it mean to have a polyp?

The doctor thinks he sees a polyp on the ultrasound. He wants to remove it.

I am thinking if it is malignant I would want the hyster immediately, (like in the same surgery, so it can't spread anymore then necessary). Was anyone out there told they had a polyp?

Thank you.

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Unread 07-26-2002, 11:11 AM

I had a polyp REMOVED that was visible during a GYN exam (6 weeks post-partum.... FUN). It turned out to be adenocarcinoma, but when it was removed, the doc didn't let on that it was abnormal to have one at all. KWIM?

OK, medical people... help us out.

Where is it, Judy? And I'm with you, that if it's cancer, you might as well get everything out in one surgery. My hyst will be my 4th surgery, and I'm kicking myself over not having it the 1st time.
Unread 07-26-2002, 12:54 PM
What does it mean to have a polyp?

s Judy

A polyp is a small tumor that comes off a pedicle. Kinda like a small flower coming off a stem or stalk. That's the best way I know to describe it.
They are commonly found in the uterus. Is this where yours is? How does your doctor plan on removing it?
Don't panic. Most likely it is nothing. Hope this helps.

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Unread 07-26-2002, 01:02 PM

My gyn told me she removes hundreds of polyps a year. I had cervical polyps two different times and they were benign. From my research--sometimes they grow because of too much estrogen.
Not time to panic! Have it removed, and biopsied.
Good luck
Unread 07-26-2002, 03:37 PM
Hi Judy

I had a polyp removed last month at my follow up appointment. The doc said he was 99% sure it was benign and it was. I assume he mentioned those odds because most of the one's he sees are benign.
A friend of mine just had a D&C with lot's of polyps removed and they were all benign.
Definitely worth checking out but hopefully nothing extra to worry about.
Unread 07-26-2002, 09:40 PM
What does it mean to have a polyp?

Thank you very much everyone for your input. I feel like I am walking through the fog on this. To have voices in the fog telling you their experiences REALLY helps.

The polyp is in my uterus. I had an EMB, (where they biopsy just 1mm of tissue), and it came back Complex Hyperplasia Atypia, a precancer.

Can a patient set it up so that when the doctor does the D & C and biopsies the polyp, if it is cancerous the patient can have the hysterectomy a.s.a.p.? My doctor seems to take months to schedule procedures/surgeries.

Thank you again.

Unread 07-27-2002, 08:26 AM
Hi Judy

I would think not.
Your D&C will probably be done as out patient surgery. The polyp will have to be sent to pathology and then you have to wait for results. That can take a few days to 2-3 weeks worst case to come back from the lab. Then they will schedule any further treatment from that point.
We all understand about waiting. It is the worst. Even with the cancer my surgery was scheduled for 5-6 weeks out from the time I saw the first surgeon. I ended up going with a different surgeon who had to schedule me for a Saturday surgery otherwise we would have waited another month.
There seems to be a real shortage of hospital beds and an abundance of overcrowded hospitals and schedules. The morning of my surgery I waited in the lobby until they took me in for surgery as there wasn't a room available. I took my mom into emergency last January and she had to spend the night in the emergency room, along with several other people, as there were no hospital beds available even though she was being admitted.
Discuss your concerns with your doctor. Perhaps if he thinks some type of surgery will be necessary he can start scheduling things. It can always be cancelled if it is not necessary. I don't know if this will work but it is worth checking out.
Good luck.
Unread 07-27-2002, 11:53 AM
What does it mean to have a polyp?

Judy--I imagine it depends on the hospital. But usually a hospital works faster than a Dr office. My first biopsy took a week and then was sent on to be checked at the Cleveland clinic which took another week. By the time I found out I had cancer it had been 2 weeks since the biopsy-then another 2 weeks until surgery, and we were moving rather quickly. When I had surgery though--the biopsy was complete within 2 days. So maybe you'll get results from the DandC quickly and then have time to make decisions. If it is cancer--see a gyn/onc. That is the only way. They are specialized. THey move fast and know what to do.
I hope this is just a polyp for you. Polyps are very common. So hang in there. Let's just hope you will get good news and move on.
Unread 07-27-2002, 09:27 PM
What does it mean to have a polyp?

Thank you Susan and SeeShelley for the advise and good wishes. I really appreciate it. Sometimes I get scared and sad, but when I come to this board and talk with ladies who have survived it is such a picker upper!!!

I am so happy there are so many survivors and thrivers here.


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