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  • Thelma was diagnosed with FAP in 1980 at the age of 38

  • Had IRA Surgery

  • Resumed full-time work as a nurse post surgery

  • Undergoes annual scopes

  • Eye tests have shown CHRPES


Thelma's Story

My familial mutation (p.Arg216X) is on exon 6 of the APC gene. The way it has affected family
members is very varied; my daughter aged 51 has not yet needed surgery, yet for her daughter aged
24, surgery is very imminent.

I was diagnosed with FAP in 1980, at age 38. I had 6 monthly colonoscopies until January 1983 when
biopsies showed metaplastic changes, that same month I had the procedure known as IRA. At that
time the procedure was open surgery, with numerous sutures from below sternum down to the
lower abdomen. This obviously left external scarring and internal scar tissue.

"With great thanks to those renowned surgeons at St Mark’s who pioneer new techniques, this procedure is now performed by laparoscopy (keyhole surgery), meaning less external and internal scar tissue form"

I resumed my full-time nurse employment 3 months after having surgery. At this time my local
Somerset hospital Consultant told me polyps would only affect the lower intestinal tract (colon) and
nowhere else.

"Again with gratitude to those dedicated surgeons and scientists we now know that
polyps can, and do appear throughout the GI tract."

I now have annual scopes to remove multiple polyps from my stomach, duodenum and rectum. These polyps are predominantly flat and sessile with mild to moderate dysplasia. Only an occasional tubular polyp has been found. My eye tests have also shown CHRPES.