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My Dad's Diagnosis in 2003

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  • Posted By: cutiger
  • June 2, 2008
  • 04:53 PM

My dad had surgery to remove a large polyp from his colon last month. In June 2003 he had a colonoscopy procedure in which the large polyp was found but could not be completely removed through the rectum. There was no follow up call or appointment and he simply forgot about it because there was no follow up. He decided to have another colonoscopy done and the polyp had grown larger. 5 years later the large poylp was removed and its cancerous. The VA Hospital performed the procedure in 2003 and I want to know if I should pursue this negligence and how?


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  • Hi LornaI'm really sorry to hear of your Dad's diagnosis of cancer. All diagnoses of benign colon polyps should be followed up because it is well known that they can become cancerous over time. Even if removed successfully, he should have been followed up to check for any new polyps developing. There is a condition called familial polyps (FAP) which can occur in younger adults, however polyps can develop at any age. It sounds to me like your Dad was "lost" in the system and the follow up procedures not carried out. Have you or your Dad asked why he was not followed up thoroughly since 2003?I would definitely recommend that you pursue this.Best wishes, and I hope your Dad recovers well from his treatment.Elisa
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