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Much like hereditary cancer, polyposis syndromes are inherited diseases involving the development or presence of small tissue growths called polyps. These polyps mainly occur in the gastrointestinal tract, such as the stomach, small bowel or colon. Children who were affected by polyps unfortunately have an increased risk of cancer, benign tumors and other conditions involving the GI tract later in life.
The Polyposis Clinic has many providers of multiple disciplines available to see our patients during a single appointment, based on the patient’s specific needs. During your visit, you can expect to meet with:
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With a genetics consultation through the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, you can investigate the possibility of hereditary polyposis and/or cancer in your family. By talking with a genetic counselor, you will learn how cancer can be inherited and what steps can be taken to prevent and detect cancer as early as possible.
In some cases, prevention of hereditary cancer and other diseases like polyposis syndrome is possible. For example, with we can help prevent polyps from developing into tumors by removing and managing them properly. Cancer resulting from digestive tract polyps is one of the only cancers we can prevent before it happens through the management of polyposis.
Your doctor or genetic counselor can help you figure out if your family history suggests that you may have a hereditary risk for polyposis or cancer.
In general, the following situations increase the chances that an inherited form of polyposis or cancer may exist in your family:
If your child is found to have an inherited condition with a predisposition to polyposis or other extraintestinal manifestations, our team will meet with you to plan a surveillance program. Using endoscopy, laboratory testing and radiology tests, we will monitor your child to prevent or diagnose problems early.
At Children's Colorado, we are skilled in advanced endoscopic techniques including single-balloon small bowel enteroscopy and small bowel capsule enteroscopy. This leading-edge technology allows us to take the best possible care of your child.
Parents also choose our Polyposis Clinic because of: