Yahoo! News – Patients Face Long Wait for Colonoscopies

Yahoo! News – Patients Face Long Wait for Colonoscopies: “Patients Face Long Wait for Colonoscopies

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BOSTON – Recommendations from medical specialists that healthy adults be screened for colon cancer has resulted in hundreds of thousands of people seeking colonoscopies, producing long waits for the test and straining hospital resources.

‘The demand is endless and limitless and beyond anyone’s expectations,’ Dr. William Brugge, director of endoscopy at Massachusetts General Hospital, told the Boston Sunday Globe. The hospital expects to conduct 25,000 colonoscopies and other gastrointestinal imaging procedures in 2004, a 20 percent jump in one year. “

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5 Comments

  1. kselibrary August 3, 2004 at 9:52 pm

    I agree Stacey,

    Colonoscopies have saved so many people. It is a frightening thing to think that because someone may have to wait for one that the cancer that may be growing within the colon may take that time to spread to other places.

    I hate colonoscopies as well. If you are a person who has trouble drinking much of anything to begin with, that soda is the worst…but, the test is worth the aggravation, so it’s best to suck it up…and just do it!

  2. Stacey August 3, 2004 at 12:45 pm

    There is more than one kind of prep. It was a piece of cake for me. I’d take it anyday over childbirth.

  3. Anonymous August 3, 2004 at 6:55 am

    I could live my whole life and not go through another colonoscopy lol. That nasty phosphosoda stuff was the worse, giving birth was easier and I’m not kidding. I still get nasuated thinking about drinking that stuff. I guess undetected colon cancer would be worse though.
    Selenajean

  4. Stacey August 2, 2004 at 8:08 pm

    Figures, no comment on this.

  5. Stacey August 2, 2004 at 1:48 pm

    Colonoscopies are important, esp. for people with a history of GI problems, like IBS. There’s no time like the present to take a proactive approach to your health.

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