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What is the likelyhood of a sudden polyp in gallbladder being cancer after colon cancer in person with lynch syndrome?

What is the likelyhood of a sudden polyp in gallbladder being cancer after colon cancer in person with lynch syndrome?

Low but possible: Cancer of the gallbladder is associated with hnpcc/lynch syndrome but, overall most gallbladder polyps are benign. I would speak with your GI doctor as a cholecystectomy may be advised depending on the size and how long it's been there. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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So if gallbladder polyp went down frim 6.5 mm to 4mm is that lean away from cancer?

So if gallbladder polyp went down frim 6.5 mm to 4mm is that lean away from cancer?

LOW RISK: The vast majority of gb polyps are indeed benign. Any polyp less than 10mm is considered inconsequential. Ultrasound annual monitoring of gb polyps is reasonable, at least to establish if they are stable and not enlarging. It would be reasonable to assume that a small and stable, or shrinking, polyp would be benign. ...Read more

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Dr cattano you answered regarding my gallbladder polyps so now do I demand removal as I am petrified this is cancer?

Dr cattano you answered regarding my gallbladder polyps so now do I demand removal as I am petrified this is cancer?

Observe or surgery: Gall bladder polys have high incidence of developing malignancy if they are 2cm or more, very small polyps could be observed, you don't have to demand speak to your doctor which group you belong to, but most of the time lap cholycystecomy. Is prefored choice. ...Read more

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I am petrified and crying I have gallbladder polyps for over 6 years with one that went from 4mm to 6, 5 mm in that time. I am scared its cancer?

I am petrified and crying I have gallbladder polyps for over 6 years with one that went from 4mm to 6, 5 mm in that time. I am scared its cancer?

Then why you waited: Yes 6.5 mm gall bladder will have slightly higher incidence of being cancer 7.1 % compared to female, don't worry get the gall bladder removed and stop worrying, it is a low risk procedure. ...Read more

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Have same gallbladder polyps for 6 years in those years one grew from 4 mm to 6.5 and I am opting for removal how likely would this be gallbladder cancer I am 46?

Low probability: Gallbladder polyps are typically stones that are forming in the wall of the gallbladder. Gallbladder cancer is very rare. I would recommend not worrying too much about the possibility of gallbladder cancer. You say you are scheduled to have your gallbladder removed. They will test the gallbladder after it is removed. The pathologist will give you a report. ...Read more

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My gallbladder ultrasound reads abnormal thickening of neck does mean cancer if I have gallbladder polyps?

My gallbladder ultrasound reads abnormal thickening of neck does mean cancer if I have gallbladder polyps?

NO: Ultrasound is not how cancer is diagnosed. Gallbladder polyps is a risk factor for cancer and is an indication for cholecystectomy especially if symtomatic. See a surgeon for an opinion. Standard of care for cancer diagnosis is tissue based. ...Read more

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Gallbladder polyps 2 mm and 3 mm found on ultrasound. Is this risk for pre cancer? . This question is from my friend.

Gallbladder polyps 2 mm and 3 mm found on ultrasound. Is this risk for pre cancer? . This question is from my friend.

Yes, but: Gallbladder polyps have risk of cancer, those polyps are large (20 mm or bigger) but not 2 mm to 3 mm. These small shadows on sono could be observed safely, if size is increasing or symptomatic due to diseased gall bladder surgical removal gall bladder is indicated. Some times cholesterol deposits are interpreted as polyps. Especially multiple. ...Read more

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My boyfriend has had testicular cancer surgery, through ultra sounds they found a polyps on his gallbladder. Is that as serious as it sounds?

My boyfriend has had testicular cancer surgery, through ultra sounds they found a polyps on his gallbladder. Is that as serious as it sounds?

Here are some...: Clinically, the incidental US finding of gallbladder polyps should not be directly related to testicular cancer. Instead, such finding may be associated with inflammatory change. To assess this incidental finding, one has to correlate it with the clinical picture with possibly repeating another US for comparison in 6-12 months. Nevertheless, asking the ordering doctor would be the best thing to... ...Read more

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My latest ultrasound revealed two gallbladder polyps of sizes 3 and 5 mm each. How do I determine if it's cancer? Are tumor marker tests useful now?

My latest ultrasound revealed two gallbladder polyps of sizes 3 and 5 mm each. How do I determine if it's cancer? Are tumor marker tests useful now?

See below: Tumor markers are not useful for detecting early tumors and there are no tumor markers of gall bladder tumors. It is unlikely that the gall bladder polyps are cancer. You can take a watch and wait approach. Ultrasound is a safe non-invasive test that can be repeated every few months to see if the polyps are growing. If the lesion grow, gall bladder can be removed by laproscopic surgery. ...Read more

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Can removal of your gallbladder increase your risk for colon polyps or colon cancer because of bile salt being directly dumped into your large bowels.

Can removal of your gallbladder increase your risk for colon polyps or colon cancer because of bile salt being directly dumped into your large bowels.

No: Past medical studies did not link gallbladder surgery to colon cancer. Most all of the bile is reabsorbed by the small intestine & returned to the liver, with or without the gallbladder. Excess bile getting to the colon will cause diarrhea. ...Read more

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Have a few hemangiomas on liver went for an ultrasound of gallbladder due to polyps and tech said liver cyst then I heard doppler flow is this cancer?

Have a few hemangiomas on liver went for an ultrasound of gallbladder due to polyps and tech said liver cyst then I heard doppler flow is this cancer?

UNLIKELY: A liver cyst is a common finding on ultrasound of this organ. It is fluid filled. Tumors, whether benign or cancerous, are solid.
Hemangiomas are also extremely common findings of liver ultrasound. ...Read more

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Could what I think is a femoral hernia really be uterus cancer? Is this lump (approx. Size of a nickle) in conjunction with my 7mm gallbladder polyp?

Could what I think is a femoral hernia really be uterus cancer? Is this lump (approx. Size of a nickle) in conjunction with my 7mm gallbladder polyp?

2 different issues: As far as the femoral hernia it would usually present as a bulge in the inguinal area with straining. Given your age, uterine cancer is unlikely unless there is a strong family hx. As far as the GB polyp, at 7mm you can wait 6mo and repeat ultrasound. The other option is lap chole to remove GB. Removal of a GB poly is usually rec'd if polyp is larger than 10mm. You should see a surgeon. ...Read more

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Breast cancer, lymphadema, ovarian cysts, fibroid, atrophic kidney, gallbladder polyps, diverticula, appendicitis, osteoprosis, ddd are they connected?

Breast cancer, lymphadema, ovarian cysts, fibroid, atrophic kidney, gallbladder polyps, diverticula, appendicitis, osteoprosis, ddd are they connected?

Muliple issues: I would suggest that you seek a comprehensive medical evalaution: some GI symptoms may be related; however breast cance, ovarian cysts, kidney diease are all separate issues. Get yourself in the hands of an expert or experts-ASAP. ...Read more

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I have abdominal pain, anemia, liver hemangioma, and gallbladder polyp. Should I be worried about cancer?

I have abdominal pain, anemia, liver hemangioma, and gallbladder polyp. Should I be worried about cancer?

Depends: Abdominal pain and anemia, if you are over the age of 50 should raise the suspicion of cancer. If you haven't had a recent colonoscopy, this would be a good idea. Gallbladder polyps unless they are about 5-6 mm in size are usually harmless. Liver hemangiomas don't have an appreciable cancer risk. It would be good to make an appointment with a gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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Is surgery necessary for gallbladder polyps?

Is surgery necessary for gallbladder polyps?

Size matters: Larger polyps over 1 cm in size should be considered for surgery. Also depends if there any abdominal symptoms, realizing that surgery only for tiny poylps may not result in much symptom relief either. ...Read more

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Gallbladder polyps, what should I do for treatment?

Gallbladder polyps, what should I do for treatment?

How big it is: Treatment is based, it has higher incidence of malignancy if it is 2 cm or more, smaller polyps could be observed with out surgery, , if size is increasing then gall bladder removal is indicated. ...Read more

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Is a polyp in the gallbladder the same as one in the colon?

Location: Concepts are same, polyps (adenomas) if left alone with increase of size of 2 cm or more most likely transform to adeno-carcinomas. (cancers) Same in gall bladder, if size is increasing during observation, removal of gall bladder is a better option. ...Read more

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Gallbladder (Definition)

The gallbladder is a sac-like structure located under the right lobe of the liver. It is attached to the common bile duct via the cystic duct. The gallbladder can store bile when the bile is not needed, and can squeeze bile into the bile duct and intestine for digestion when a person eats larger ...Read more


Polyp (Definition)

A polyp may occur anyplace on the body, but is most commonly seen in the colon when a colonscopy exam is done. It is a bump or protrusion from the lining of the GI tract and colon, which can can be benign or turn ...Read more