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Regular screening uncovers polyps


Isabelle Meyer, 64, arrived at Samitivej Sukhumvit Hospital for a general check-up. Additionally, she was advised to undergo a colorectal screening test as recommended for people in her age bracket. Colonoscopy and Gastroscopy are screening tests used to look directly into your digestive system – your oesophagus, stomach and duodenum, the first part of your small intestine and colon. The results showed that 3 Polyps – abnormal growths of tissue – were in her colon and potentially cancerous. If Polyps are not discovered earlier, they can become malignant. Thankfully for Isabelle, they were discovered and removed before reaching that stage simultaneously.

I have been a Samitivej patient for more than 10 years and have my regular yearly check – up here at Samitivej Sukhumvit. During my regular check-up, my gynecologist asked me if I had ever had colonoscopy and gastroscopy test. I said that I hadn’t and she told me I should have this screening test once every 2 or 3 years due to my age. Dr. Thawat Mongkolporn, Liver & GI specialist, explained what it was all about. So I decided to take the doctor’s advice and go ahead with it.

If you want to have a healthy future – just do it. Before the screening test I was a little scared when I saw the plastic tubes and I wondered what they were going to do to me! But I really felt nothing during the procedure. Like everyone probably is, I was afraid of the test and afraid of the results. But I did it as a precaution because colon cancer is an increasing problem and I am so happy that I did.

I went back to see the doctor and discuss my results. For gastroscopy, they found a lot of acidity in my stomach so I would need to take prescribed medicine. Before the test, I had a lot of gas from time to time, now I feel much better

Through the colonoscopy, Dr. Thawat discovered and removed all 3 polyps found. It is very lucky for me that they weren’t cancerous. However I need to repeat the colonoscopy test next 3 years for precautions.

I would recommend Dr. Thawat as he is a professional doctor and very nice to talk to. He takes time to talk with his patients and make them feel at ease.

Learn more about colon cancer and start getting screened here. 

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Thawat Mongkolporn, M.D. Summary:

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