Summary: Advanced Colon Cancer Symptoms
Colon cancer is a serious problem and unfortunately affects a great many people. If not detected early, it can cause significant damage and death. So while early detection is the key, here are some advanced colon cancer symptoms to be aware of.
First of all it is very unfortunate that many people have no idea they have colon cancer until the symptoms are quite advanced. But in earlier stages, some common symptoms may include fatigue, night sweats, anemia, and blood in the stool, diarrhea, and constipation, lack of bowel movements or pain in the right shoulder.
It is particularly important to address the situation where you find blood in the stool. If the disease progresses unchecked, some symptoms of more advanced stages can include abdominal pain, loss of appetite, weight loss, and overall weakness. The patient may also experience bleeding which can add to anemia and weakness and fatigue in general.
However if you have concerns, then thorough diagnosis is key. The intent is to identify polyps in the colon and catch them before they become cancerous.
Summary: Warning Signs and Symptoms of Colon Cancer
For colon cancer, it should attain your serious attention.
Below are the listed warning signs:
· Below are the listed warning signs:
· A persistent alteration in bowel habits (such as diarrhea, constipation, urgency)
· Rectal bleeding or blood in the stool
· Cramping or abdominal pain
· Bright red or dark red blood in your stools or black, dark colored, ‘tarry’ stools
· Decreased appetite
· Vomiting or being nauseous
· Fatigue (extreme tiredness over prolonged time)
Symptoms of colon cancer may resemble other conditions, such as infections, hemorrhoids and inflammatory bowel disease. It is also possible to have colon cancer and not have any symptoms. Treatments for colon cancer include surgery, radiotherapy and systematic therapies (chemotherapy, targeted therapy). Surgery is where sometimes the entire colon is removed entirely (depending on severity of the disease). Surgeons will generally avoid cutting the abdomen. Radiotherapy is limited to treating cancer of the rectum. For post surgeries treatments, there is the chemotherapy.
Chemotherapy is given shortly after surgery to destroy microscopic cancer cells. Meanwhile, targeted therapy focuses on certain type of new drugs being developed, which can be used with conventional chemotherapy.