Managing colonoscopy needs with other health issues
History: 2006 first colonoscopy, 2 polyps. Since then 3 more each with 2 polyps. Brothers had polyps. I am now due for my LAST colonoscopy (I am 82 and I am told they do not recommend after 85)
Normally, I would just schedule it locally, however, two years ago I was diagnosed with multifocal lung cancer(multiple independent cancers in the lungs). I have had 2 surgeries, radiation, and cardiac stent since then. Also have lung fibrosis creating breathing problems at the moment but being addressed with sterioids. Now required to take antibiotics for the lungs, and am concerned with developing C-Diff because I had an episode in 2011(Amoxicillin from dentist). I was in the hospital for a week. I have not taken antibiotics until now and have not had a reoccurrence.
Mayo takes good care of my lungs and I have quality of life. I am attentive to other health issues/choices to avoid surprises that might interfere with my lung cancer treatments.
Therefore, I called Mayo GI to ask for a consult 1) Advisability/timing of the colonoscopy 2) C-diff potential with required antibiotics, preventive measures 3) Review of other GI issues identified in CT&PET scans at Mayo. I was given an “evaluation” appointment with a PA. This surprised me since a PA cannot provide the expert opinion I seek. I have always seen the expert in the other depts. Is this the process in GI at Mayo?