I like to think of a stage 0 cancer as a dodged bullet. My husband is a stage 0 cancer person. He had a malignant polyp removed from his colon a few years back.
Yesterday, he had a colonoscopy (which went just fine, thanks for asking) and the nurse in charge of his prep, walked up to him and said 'you had colon cancer?' I almost replied no for him but kept my mouth zipped as he was the patient.. He said yes as he had his evil polyp.
I was kind of jolted by the question about him having cancer. It was a bit of a surprise. But yes I do agree it was cancer. I think any kind of cancer sucks. But stage 0 cancer treatment is usually just a small surgery of some sort to remove the diseased area.
There is some discussion on DCIS if it is over treated - does it really require surgery? Is it over treated? According to the latest figures from the ACS, they expect 60,000 out of 240,000 cases of breast cancer diagnosed in 2015 will be stage 0 or DCIS. That's 25% of all cases. So if screening keeps us from finding cancers before they have progressed, more power to them.
My thought is if its a cancer, take it out to preventing from it eventually causing the death of the patient.And maybe I am just hyper focused on all my ailments and don't think about his as much.
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