What Colon and Rectal Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Symptoms.
none, allergist noticed blood loss and severe anemia, contacted GP who ordered tests.
None when diagnosed. Blood in stool twice in a years time, thought it was hemmoroids
No initial symptoms.
Dull pain in Abdomen
animic--I also have lupus and this was found on a routine blood test. I had no other symtoms. Had I got a colonoscopy one year earlier at age 50, I probably would not have got cancer. Please have a colonoscopy at least by age 50! Earlier if there is a family history or if you have symtoms.
I did not have any symtoms unti;l the tumor perforated the colon wall, as it had gotten to big
I put it all in my biography.
I could feel the tumor. Alternate constipation and diahorreah. Clonoscopy ,scope could not get past the tumor.
Bart had indegestion. Brian & Bruce had none.
Blood in stool (in previous years) Irregular movements, nausea, and loss of appetite (all not present until 3 months prior to diagnosis)
Intense stomach pain, nausea & vomiting.
Multiple flushes of bloody stool, spontaneous initiation & resolution, over four hours in mid-December 2004. Analyzed by a PA to probably be a manifestation of diverticulitis shown on sigmoidoscopy 2 yrs before. Six weeks later further flushings resulted in ER admission to Holy Cross Hospital January 31, 2005.
narrow stools, anemia,stomach upset
Really had none but in hindsight there were signs. My abdomen was bloated - no pain, I could fall asleep sitting up. Crying for long periods of time for seemingly no reason at all. Not feeling myself - thought I was depressed. Upon diagnosis there was blood in my stool and my stools were darker than normal but I never paid attention to that and never saw any blood. Also had reoccurent urinary tract infections in the 1.5 prior to diagnosis
1)Suddenly feel acute constipation. 2)Narrowing the stool like rectangle (Tape) shape. 3)Smell in Stool & Fart like Putrid Sewer 4)Some time slightly blood found in the stool. 5)Feel sensation that bowl is not empty after going the toilet. 6)Mucus, Pus type, something like onion skin / net found in the stool. 7)Pain in Piles & Anus 8)Continuous feeling that I need to have bowl which does not resolve after passing stool. 9)Heaviness in abdomen. 10)Weakness, Fatigue & Tenderness 11)Loss of weight from 75 kgs to 60 kgs in 2 months 12)Feeling dryness in throat needs drinking water at all times. 13)Slightly pain in back. 14)Loss of appetite. 15)Too many embezzles in the day.
fatigue, fecal changes in color size, finally blood in stool
Bowel blockage, made my husbadn violently ill. Went to the ER and they sent him home the first time with suppositories to help end the blockage. Next time to the ER they did exploratory surgery and found the tumor. And so the rest of our ride follows.
Sister's (colon): abdominal pain, blood in stool, gasy feeling M-i-l: Shortness of breath that brought her to ER. Turned out t be fluid on lungs that tested positive for cancer cells. Further testing revealed primary site was ovaries.
Indigestion, shooting pains in stomach area, lack of appetite, diarrhea and blood in stool
diffuse GI symptoms intermittent diarrhea and blood in stools.
no symptoms really except for stomach pains once in awhile and going to bathroom after each meal
I had fatigue for several months. Last month before diagnosis I had loss of appetite, stomach pain, and change in bowel movements.
rectal bleeding, bloody stool, constipation for DAYS...
Really bad sciatic nerve pain, swollen tummy, swollen ankles, swollen body actually.
None really, I was a bit tired but I did not think anything of it. I had just moved to the mountains and I thought I was getting used to the altitude.
constipation, loose stool, abdominal pains, weight loss,
Bad abdominal pain, 4 weeks before he had relief.. They thought it was a gallbladder attack that lasted too long He turned yellow, ER Dr. thought it was hepatitis, turned out every Lymph node full of cancer, had to have a biliary drain placed through the left side of abdominal cavity through the liver to reduce the bile that had overtaken the body.
change in bowels little bit of blood
Bloody Stool, Constipation, Thin Stool Gas and Bloating, Unexplained Weight Loss and the most painful of all was the Nausea and Vomiting.
I had pain in my left side for several months. After trying medication for stomach problems and having an upper endoscopy, my doctor decided to order a ct scan just to check. Turns out there was nothing on the left side, but there was a mass on my right side near my colon. Totally unexpected since that wasn't even where my pain was.
October 2007 started with infrequent stomach pain and unusual bowel movements. December 2007 more frequent stomach pain, blood in stools, and excessive tiredness.
problems passing stools, some blood in stools, extended abdomen, feeling like I had a bladder infection, tired
None really, had an unexplained pain in my upper groin area. All of the doctors feel is unrelated but that with a family history of colon cancer lead to an early colonoscopy. Found three polyps, one was atypical in the upper rectum, lab came back as cancer.
slight nausea, occasional diarrhea, occasional blood in stool after diarrhea or difficult BM, all recognized in hindsight.
Severe abdominal pain, fever and rectal bleeding
Bowel pressure and one time bleeding. Colonoscopy ordered due to family history.
Blood in the stool and pain in the anal area. The tumour is very close to the anus and before radiation used to partially impede bowel movements.
50 pound weight loss in 30 days.
I was bleeding, I thought it was hemorrhoids at first, and treated as such, it didn't go away.
Bleeding, bloating, narrow stools, diarrhea, fatigue
Tailbone would get sore after a while Wasn't having bowel movements as often
weight loss,bowel changes
rectal bleeding and pain; constipation; weight loss
Difficulty going to the bathroom..blockage identified
I didn't have any symptoms, no bleeding, pain, nothing. I just happen to catch an Oprah episode and Dr. Oz's poop discussion and recognized the "bad poop" symptoms and followed up with my primary doctor.
Blood in stool
Only fatigue. My mom said she had no other signs that anything was wrong.
fatigue blood in stool feeling of constipation
changes in stool, bleeding.
Sever constipation, abdominal pain, bloating, loss of weight (20% total body weight)
abdominal pain,bloating,diarhea,constipation I WAS TOLD OVER A 10 YEAR PERIOD THAT I HAD IRRITABLE BOWEL WITH NO DIAGNOSTIC TEST PREFORMED. THEY JUST TOOK A LIST OF SYMPTOMS AND GAVE ME THIS DIAGNOSIS.Not until I was vomiting up feces did they look for cancer.
Extreme Fatigue which led to a blood test that showed low ferritin which led to a fecal occult test which led to the wonderful colonoscopy
Rectal bleeding, unexplained weight loss, fatigue, tired all the time, abnormal heartbeat
feverish, sluggish, rectal bleeding, blood in stool, sticky fluid. strong feeling of having to go but there would be small stool .
None. Went in for endoscope and colonoscopy.
irregular bowel movements for 6 months, then bleeding that landed me in the ER needing two pints of blood.
originally constipation,diarhea, just felt like something was wrong, Heartburn severe stomach pain, fatigue, then in 2008, fatigue, abdominal pain, could feel tumor, then 2009 fatigue but otherwise felt great, then abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting.
blood in stool
abdominal pain, fatique
Rectal bleeding, abdominal pain, fatigue, extreme unexplained weight gain. I experienced these symptoms for almost 5 years, beginning at the age of 17, and saw close to 10 doctors before anyone could figure out what was wrong.
Bouts of uncontrollable diarrhea, Bleeding thought to be from Hemmorhoids, Cramping, weight loss of 35#'s in four months, Tiredness,
Bloody stool, stomach bloat, stomach pain
abdominal and lower back pain, blood in stool, constipation
Blood in stools, lower pain on left side
Night sweats, pain in the upper abdomen and back, fatigue, dizziness, thirsty...
one week of stomach pains and constipation
Pencil stools, diarrhea, dry heaving feeling
Some bleeding, and a change in stool size
Rectal bleeding that my gynocologist said was "probably hemorrhoids," lower back ache, occasional diarrhea.
Blood in stool
bleeding separate from feces.
weight loss, diarrhea, dark stool
My symptoms increased over a 6 mo. period I think. At first, from what I can recall, I started having bowel movements that were painful, including vomitting. I was tired all the time. As time progressed, my stools were pencil thin, and I would pass black blood clots at times. Near the diagnosis, my stools were watery daily, often bloody and painful with increasing vomitting. My stomach often felt like Pop Rocks were in it, just girgly feeling after I would eat, which led to loss of appetite. Currently, post surgery: tiredness, stabs of pain from nowhere, that were there BEFORE the surgery, achiness, loss of appetite, tired above all, no energy.
Some blood in stool
Lower abdominal pain.
pressure & discomfort in rectal area, thought my uterous had prolapsed!!! lower back pain while driving. no blood, no pain. *ulcerative colitis throughout teenage years * Treatment plan - 25 weeks radiation 2 Weeks chemo - FU5 and mitomycin, weeks 1 and 5 of treatments mitomycin IV, FU5 9 hour portable 'baby bottle' pump Aug 11/10 - Chemo PICC line inserted Chemo/Radiation starts Monday, August 16th ;-(
Blood in stools
Some bleeding, extremely cold all the time and really dark under eye circles due to internal bleeding.
Blood in my stool for about two weeks. No pain or any other symptoms.
Constant pressure in upper right side by rib, constipation, extreme fatigue, blood in stool, weight gain(interesting since most people lose weight).
small change in bowel movements
not many symptoms, thanks to CTCA. light nausea on occasion, but nothing big. Fatigue on occasion. Urge to acquire free things by pulling the cancer card and putting out my lower lip.
just feeling extremely tired, couldn't work out at gym, really nothing else
change in bowels, minor bright red blood in stool,indigestion
I had bleeding from my bowel and I thought 'I must get around to getting these haemorrhoids fixed one day'. I sure wish I had done something about it sooner rather than later.
Poor bowel habit for a year. Last six months I seemed to want to go all the time and it was always fresh, bloody and mucosy....I wasnt able to eat much that didnt bother me and my stomach looked like it was a round ball because I was always so filled up with gas and I was taking gasX about 2x daily. I was also unable to sleep and was very fatigued.
None - I feel fine.
bleeding, pressure, pain when going, change in shape and laced with blood
Blood in stool, chunky looking fleshy pieces in stool. Thin stools, bad gas. Look at your stool. If something looks odd tell your doctor. Know your family history. Don't put if off check up or ignore signs. I was diagnosed state four right off because I ignored it. Look after your body, it is the only one you have!
None- I was in for a screening colonoscopy
Bleeding and constipation.
IBS for 4 years
I was having some weird pains in my rectal area, wasn't sure if I should be alarmed but I had some polyp history a few years prior. When the bleeding & mucus started passing I knew something was really wrong.
blood on the stool and rectal pain
pressure, feeling like u have to use restroom all the time. Shape and texture difference,blood , then abscess developed.
Ascites, stomach cramps and changes in bowels.
Change in bowel habits, rectal bleeding.
Change in bowel habits. Severe anemia (fatigue, rapid heart beat, etc.)
Passing blood and lower back pain
Blood in stool, then indentation in stool. They call it ribboning. I had no other symptoms or signs.
Blood in stool and loose stool
Very Tired, and sometimes pain, from ordinary exercise
severe stomach pains - have had colonoscopies for the past 4 years and nothing was discovered.Doctors removed gall bladder thinking that was the problem(had a small stone) but discovered colon cancer during operation and consequemtly resected colon
alternating bouts of constipation & diarrhea
off and on bouts with diarrhea and lower abdominal pain
Low-grade fever, anemia, side pain, fatigue
fatigue, blood in stool
i lost a lot of blood and had my prolapse back in dec of 2009. i lost my appetite and did not eat normally. most of my symptos also came from being anemic
None - Was out for a days fishing in the Gulf when I about had a heart attack and had to have a stent put in (98% blockage) - the blood thiners caused me to have internal bleading, and stage 3 colon cancer was found. Good thing I had heart problems or it would have not been found before it had spread more.
Blood in stool, weight loss, tiredness/low energy level
Constipation, pain in my left side. I actually gained weight. I am a little disappointed as most people lose weight.
Bloated, blood in stool, bleeding from rectum.
He had no symptoms. On July 1, 2011, he texts me from work that he has stomach pains. Told him to come home that we were going to an Urgent Care. When we got their they did blood work (came back find), they did xrays (showed a couple of findings, recommended a CT-scan), when the CT-scan came back it showed something on his Colon and possible met to the liver. We decided to call an ambulence and take him to the hospital, since it was a long weekend.
None, found on a routine colonoscopy.
sleeps alot probably due to pain meds, balance, nauseau, gas, bloating, weak,
Not normal bowel movements (small, loose stools) with the need to go often but no results; bloody stools; sometimes bloated feeling but not always; 20lb weight loss over one year (and not trying to lose weight).
My side affects consist of sharp pain on the the right side of my abdomen and sharp pain in my rectum area
Rectal bleeding and clots, blood in stool, weak, tired and pressure/pain on lower abdominal area, uncomfortable @ times in recal area, pressure in rectal area, skinny (pencil like) stool.
Blood in my stool, increasing to passing blood clots in place of stool.
Changes in digestive system caused me to see my doctor. Thank God!!
Blood/Mucus in Stools, Extreme Fatigue, Abdominal Bloating, Thin stools/ Gas/ Pain
Diagnosed FAP, untreated.
Blood in stool, pencil thin stools, rectal pressure - feeling as if not completely eliminated, lower pelvic area tenderness, tired, occasional rectal itching, cramping/and occasion lower abdominal pain.
For the colorectal: mucus in stool, feeling like bowel was always full, bloating. For current problems... None.
Initially, I lost half of my blood supply to a hemorrhage. Now it is just fatigue.
Rectal bleeding, mucus in stools, fatigue, abdominal cramping, shortness of breath.
Lower abdomnal pressure and pain when having bowels movements, diarreh/hard bowels movements at the same time. Began drinking nutritional drinks for food.
slight bledding, vague abdominal pain
at the beginning, just abdominal pain, nothing else. Took 2 years to diagnose.
right sided abdominal pain and spasm, feeling like constantly needed to pass stool, fatigue, weight loss- 8kg in 1 month
Change of bowel habits, bleeding, bloating, tiredness. Diagnosed as IBS!
Only symptom was some crackling when exhaling when I layed down to sleep.
Obstruction of bowels, extreme pain-fading in and out
Very Strange Bowl movememts at first, then bloody stools with mucuos, excessive gas and bloating,all this took place in the time span of about 8 months. NEVER HAD ANY KIND OF PAIN, scarry part.
Irregular bowels/constipation. Feeling of "sitting on something." ***Weight loss***
blood in stool.incomplete bowel movements.pain.
Weight loss. feeling cold, change in bowel movements, bleeding
Blood in stools,Mucus, Passing Blood clots,racing heart,feeling dizzy.
bloody defacation, pain at the tailbone and really bad vapors.
Colon cancer: bowel discomfort and bloatedness for some weeks, sudden sharp pain at one point. Smaller/thinner stool, darker in colour. Spinal cancer: compression of the tumour on the nerve causing great soreness and pain on arms and hand. Section C7 reflects the left hand, while section T2 reflects more or less the right hand. The soreness and pains can get so bad that you cannot move your arms. Prolonged compression on the nerves can damage the nerve permanently, and if the tumour eats away the bone, the spine may collapse and result in complete paralysis...
Had IBS for many years and in 2010 felt bloated and pain in right side under ribs. Sept 2010 experienced 2 bouts of very bloody diarrhea in one day.
Fatigue, Sore Throat and mouth, numbness (possibly from the first Chemotherapy), irritation, hair loss, watery eyes and nose, weight lose etc...
Rectal Bleeding, not normal bowel movements, mucus type, severe bloating
None initially for 4-5 years. Dizzy spells, heart palpitations, fatigue....all chalked up to work stress. First doc said I had vertigo but that didn't feel right. Physical resulted in severe anemia diagnosis and a subsequent upper and lower GI. Confirmed stage 3 colon cancer immediately.
Having bowel movements often..especially after eating. It was like I could never finish...bleeding...pain in rectum area
Constipation, irregular BM
Severe weight loss in very short time
Blood in stools,painful bowel movements,change in stool ,change in bowel movements and fatigue
Cramping pain bloating gas bleeding when using the restroom weight loss and very anemic due to that had heart palpitations tiredness felt faint
Bowel changes, pelvic pain, weight gain, severe fatigue, later found palpable mass in lower right quadrant.
Consitpaption than abdominal pain in December 2011,
I had none, just really tired and occasional stomach pain in different areas, occasional diarrhea or constipation
Irregular bowl habits. Difficulty emptying bowls.
Weight loss, loss of appetite, fatigue...
Blood in the stool, stomach issues (initially diagnosed as IBS) then pain
blood in stool, mucus, did not feel like I was completing bowel movement
Rectal bleeding that my gynecologist said was “probably hemorrhoids,” lower back ache, occasional diarrhea.
blood in stools,abdominal pain
Constipation, stomach blotting, bloody stool, tailbone pain, buttock pain.
Didn't have very many. Starting vomiting after meals a few weeks before I went in to Urgent Care. Ended up having a gallbladder attack that they did an ultrasound for. That's how they discovered the lesions on my liver.
large lump in rectum/anus with diarrhea
Stomach pain rectal bleeding
Extreme change in bowel habits leading up to complete constipation and weight loss
Bloody stool then total constipation
Severe pain in lower right leg.
diarrhea, bloody stool, weight loss
Fatigue for several months. Occasional blood in stools. Bloating
Extreme fatigue, abdominal bloating, diarrhea
Pre-diagnosis: very tired, flu like symptoms, blood in poop
Started with prostate 3 years ago, been diagnosed every March for the past 3 years with cancer, latest as of 3/14 with colon cancer/carcinoid tumor found
Polip tumor in sigmoid colon
Occasional blood in stool, continuous undiagnosed bowel issues
Constipation, bloating, blood on stool
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