Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Colon Cancer Test May Not Require Laxatives: Study
Reuters ^ | Mon May 14, 2012 | Andrew M. Seaman

Posted on 05/15/2012 8:11:10 PM PDT by nickcarraway

People getting checked for signs of colon cancer may not need to take a laxative if they choose a CT scan for their cancer screening over a tradition colonoscopy, according to a new study.

The findings suggest a so-called CT colonography is almost as good at identifying certain polyps as a traditional colonoscopy, and researchers said eliminating the need for laxatives may encourage more people to get screened.

"The results of this study open the door to a more patient-friendly screening," said Dr. Michael Zalis, the study's lead author and director of CT colonography in the department of imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

Zalis added, however, that CT colonography is not yet covered by government insurance programs -- like Medicare and Medicaid -- and more research is needed before people switch to a laxative-free method of screening.

In traditional colonoscopy, a doctor uses a camera called an endoscope to look for signs of cancer within the colon and rectum. The procedure usually requires sedation.

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...


TOPICS: Health/Medicine; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS:

1 posted on 05/15/2012 8:11:11 PM PDT by nickcarraway
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway

So THIS is what Obamacare looks like. First of all, a CT Scan CANNOT detect Colon Cancer, if anything IS detected in a CT Scan they send you immediately for a colonoscopy anyway so a colonoscopy is the best bet to find anything. As far as not having to take laxatives, you have to otherwise they won’t be able to see anything and they will send you home, trust me, from experience I know the drill


2 posted on 05/15/2012 8:15:54 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Sarah Barracuda

CT scans don’t pick up s**t.


3 posted on 05/15/2012 8:20:23 PM PDT by this_ol_patriot
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Sarah Barracuda

BTDT. I think the prep might have saved me the potential cost of a future appendectomy.


4 posted on 05/15/2012 8:23:22 PM PDT by tacticalogic ("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: this_ol_patriot

LOL..if a CT Scan could see the colon without requiring laxatives, sign me up!! I would have done it a long time ago(I have had colon issues my whole life so this matter I am VERY familiar with) So basically they want you to expose yourself to radiation, then after your exposed and they find something, they send you to colonoscopy WOW what a colossal waste of time, but hey in Obamacare, colonoscopies are too expensive, CT Scans are cheaper


5 posted on 05/15/2012 8:27:14 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: tacticalogic

LOL!

I hear ya. I gotta go in for my second one next Tuesday.


6 posted on 05/15/2012 8:31:20 PM PDT by 2111USMC (Not a hard man to track. Leaves dead men wherever he goes.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: 2111USMC

Good luck!! The prep is the worst part of it, the rest is smooth sailing :-)


7 posted on 05/15/2012 8:36:01 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: Sarah Barracuda

Yep.

At least you get to sleep during the procedure.


8 posted on 05/15/2012 8:37:50 PM PDT by 2111USMC (Not a hard man to track. Leaves dead men wherever he goes.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: 2111USMC

Very true. Sedation is awesome


9 posted on 05/15/2012 8:38:40 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: Sarah Barracuda

Actually, several companies—including GE, who is a major manufacturer of body-scanning machines used in medicine—are working on highly-advanced scanners that may completely eliminate the need for any invasive procedures to check for colonrectal, prostate and cervical cancers. And they’re almost there, too.


10 posted on 05/15/2012 8:41:57 PM PDT by RayChuang88 (FairTax: America's economic cure)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: RayChuang88

They may be, but you cant beat the real deal, if they find anything they automatically send you to do a colonoscopy so basically your getting two procedures for no reason


11 posted on 05/15/2012 8:44:52 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: Sarah Barracuda

The cost of a CT scan vs. the cost of a colonoscopy has nothing to do with Obamacare. I had a CT scan this morning and it involved one nurse and one technologist. I had a colonoscopy three months ago and it involved a gastroenterologist and several nurses. I have G.I. issues that require somewhat frequent screenings and both procedures have their place. If the new method of being able to check the colon with CT as described in the article gets more people in the door, it could save some lives.


12 posted on 05/15/2012 8:46:16 PM PDT by drjimmy
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway

Where is my old colonoscopy thread ? how can i find it ?


13 posted on 05/15/2012 8:55:29 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway

“Virtual colonoscopies” which I believe involved some sort of CT scan were advertised heavily in the Philly area a few years back but I haven’t heard anything about them lately - apparently they were missing a lot of pathology when they started to study the results......


14 posted on 05/15/2012 8:57:12 PM PDT by Intolerant in NJ
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2111USMC
I had a colonoscopy two months ago and refused sedation. I like to be in control and know what is going on.
Some discomfort but not too bad.
Had a good report and no polyps.
15 posted on 05/15/2012 8:59:28 PM PDT by Captain Peter Blood
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: RayChuang88

Oh, please let it be true. I’m due for my second one and procrastinating cuz of anticipating drinking the yellow slime again.


16 posted on 05/15/2012 9:12:44 PM PDT by Mountain Mary (One Nation Under God..."There I said it" ... Great One...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway

Ya....well...a CAT scan wouldn’t have caught my serrated adenoma, even at 1 cm.

It’s too flat and doesn’t stand out as a typical polyp.

Definitely pre-cancerous, so I’m glad it’s gone.

Get the scope and quit screwin around!


17 posted on 05/15/2012 9:17:04 PM PDT by G Larry (Criminals thrive on the indulgence of society's understanding)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Mountain Mary

I put my “slime” in a ice bucket, drank 7oz. at a pop instead of the recommended 8oz. Being cold and having jusssst that little bit less to drink helped A LOT! It worked every bit as effectively too. Believe me.


18 posted on 05/15/2012 9:21:14 PM PDT by Ladysforest
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: Sarah Barracuda

Downside is the radiation exposure with the CT scan.

Upside is no perforation risk - my great-grandfather died of that.


19 posted on 05/15/2012 10:00:02 PM PDT by heartwood
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: heartwood

perforation risk from colonoscopy is so rare its worth the risk. My Dad had symptoms of colon cancer in 1998, but the doctor told him that a colonoscopy is so invasive and dangerous he didn’t do it, by the time he had one it was too late, spread to his liver, died within a year, at age 50..so the risks are definitely worth it especially if your having symptoms.


20 posted on 05/15/2012 10:05:01 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway
This calls for a re-post of Dave Barry's hilarious "A journey into my colon -- and yours"
21 posted on 05/15/2012 10:45:33 PM PDT by roamer_1 (Globalism is just socialism in a business suit.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway

22 posted on 05/15/2012 11:39:44 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (The Presidential Race is about the relative light reflectivity of your Slavemaster.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: this_ol_patriot
CT scans don’t pick up s**t.

I see what you did there.



well played....(golf clap)

23 posted on 05/16/2012 1:16:57 AM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Mountain Mary

I cheated on my colonoscopy by taking a OTC laxative (pills) first and went on a liquid diet for 2 days. Then drank less than 1/2 of that awful liquid. As soon as nothing solid was coming out I stopped drinking the awful stuff.

They told me my bowel prep was excellent!


24 posted on 05/16/2012 1:26:05 AM PDT by entropy12 (Hate is the most insidious emotion, it will rot your gut more than anything else.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway

I’m due for my first colonoscopy this autumn. I’m hoping someone will invent the tricorder by then.


25 posted on 05/16/2012 5:56:23 AM PDT by Constitutionalist Conservative (I'm a constitutionalist, not a libertarian. Huge difference.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway

“...almost as good...”

Do you want your health to rest on almost as good?


26 posted on 05/16/2012 7:46:24 AM PDT by ops33 (Senior Master Sergeant, USAF (Retired))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: roamer_1
Vintage Dave Barry.

"a liter is about 32 gallons"

"some people put vodka in their MoviPrep..."

Now he tells me!

27 posted on 05/16/2012 7:50:31 AM PDT by Verginius Rufus
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: Verginius Rufus

I took all of the laxatives and, I swear, I crapped all of my internal organs.

When the procedure was done they handed all the pictures to my wife, who proclaimed to the entire room,”Oh, look Honey - We’ve got our Christmas cards for this year!


28 posted on 05/16/2012 8:22:03 AM PDT by Wordkraft (Remember who the Collaborators are.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 27 | View Replies]

To: Wordkraft
”Oh, look Honey - We’ve got our Christmas cards for this year!

Now that's funny.

29 posted on 05/16/2012 8:24:10 AM PDT by dfwgator
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 28 | View Replies]

To: dfwgator

Absolutely true story.


30 posted on 05/16/2012 8:29:17 AM PDT by Wordkraft (Remember who the Collaborators are.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 29 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson