Colorectal cancer symptoms in the early stages are minimal and are very hard to identify. It is only when the quantity and level of severity increase that the symptoms are noticed. That’s after the initial stage. Hence, it is important to do a regular screening mostly everyone (especially of those who have a family history of colorectal cancer) and must for people above 50 years. A doctor would be able to guide with the scheduling.
Symptoms of metastatic colorectal cancer
Symptoms of metastatic colorectal mostly depend on where the cancer cells have spread, as well as the location and size of the tumor in the body. Patients mostly would be able to find any notice symptoms of colorectal cancer before diagnosis.
Symptoms depend on a number of factors, listed below:
- If it has on the bones, the symptoms could include bone pain, constipation, fractures, or limited vigilance due to high calcium level.
- If it has affected the lungs, symptoms include brevity or hard to breathe, cough, chest wall pain or fatigue.
- If it has effected on the liver, symptoms include extreme fatigue, nausea, swelling of the feet, increased abdominal girth and hands either fluid or yellowing or itchy skin.
- If it has affected the lymph nodes in the abdomen, the symptoms could be bloating, loss of appetite or a swollen belly.
- If it has affected onto the brain or spinal cord, symptoms include confusion, pain, headache, memory loss, double or blurred vision, tough with vocalization, seizures or with physical movements.
An overview of metastatic colorectal cancer
Colorectal cancer occurs when cells are not grown normally in the colon or the rectum. These cells grow together and form polyps, and over time, these polyps turn into cancer. Depending upon the location of the cancer tumor it is called has colon or rectal cancer. Colon and rectal cancers mostly turn back after treatment, and they frequently appear months or years after the treatment. This is called recurrent cancer. If the original cancer was removed before it was able to spread, the chances that it will return are lower. If all the rooted or original cancer were identified early and removed before it spreads over, the chances of return are pretty less.