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Colorectal Cancer, Metastatic or Recurrent - When To Call a Doctor

You may be seeing a doctor regularly to check for symptoms, but symptoms might start between visits. Be aware of what is normal for you, and tell your doctor about any changes right away. Be sure to let your doctor know if you feel even very small changes.

Call your doctor if you have any of these symptoms:

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  • A change in bowel habits, such as constipation or diarrhea
  • Pain or bloating in your belly
  • Weight loss, loss of appetite, or severe tiredness
  • Persistent shortness of breath or cough (especially coughing up blood)
  • Bone pain
  • Confusion or memory problems that get worse

Who to see

If you have been treated for colorectal cancer, doctors who can evaluate any new symptoms include:

To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    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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