Rectal Cancer Symptoms

Rectal cancer symptoms often don’t occur until the disease has progressed beyond its initial stages. However, through screening tests, a medical professional may be able to detect the presence of cancerous or precancerous cells before symptoms become apparent. In general, there are more treatment options available to patients who have their cancer diagnosed earlier in its progression, so it is vital that people undergo colorectal cancer screenings when their physician recommends – even if they haven’t noticed any symptoms yet.

When rectal cancer symptoms occur, they reflect the location of the cancer, as well as the extent of its growth. Some of the more common symptoms include:

  • Noticeable changes in bowel habits, such as changes in the frequency of bowel movements
  • Blood in the stool or rectal bleeding
  • Differences in stool consistency
  • Abdominal cramping and discomfort

All of these symptoms can indeed indicate rectal cancer, but they can also be caused by any number of other conditions or circumstances. The presence of one or more of these issues doesn’t automatically mean that someone has rectal cancer, only that they should request an appointment with their health care provider to determine the underlying cause of their symptoms.

For patients who are diagnosed with colon cancer, TGH’s experienced physicians, surgeons, and other cancer specialists can develop a comprehensive treatment plan that account for their specific diagnosis and overall health. In some cases, surgical intervention is part of a patient’s treatment plan; we utilize various approaches to remove as much cancerous tissue as possible, often using minimally invasive robotically assisted or laparoscopic techniques to perform procedures more effectively. Other treatments are also available in addition to or in lieu of surgery.

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