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Colorectal Cancer, Metastatic or Recurrent - Symptoms

The most common symptoms are:

  • A change in bowel habits, such as narrow stools or frequent diarrhea or constipation.
  • Blood in the stool, or stools that look like black tar.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Pain in the belly, especially gas pains, cramps, or a feeling of fullness.
  • Unexplained weight loss.
  • Constant tiredness (fatigue).

Some people don't have any symptoms for some time.

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If your cancer has spread, you may have other symptoms, depending on where the cancer is.

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    Last Updated: January 29, 2013
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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