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Rectum Cancer Symptoms

Rectum cancer symptoms can vary from person to person, and the types of symptoms experienced often depend on the stage of the rectum cancer. Some people who are diagnosed with rectum cancer may exhibit no signs at all, while others may experience an array of symptoms. In general, common signs of rectal cancer include:

  • Diarrhea, constipation, or another change in bowel habits that lasts for more than a couple of days
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Blood in stool
  • Low red blood cell count
  • Cramping and other forms of abdominal pain
  • General weakness and fatigue
  • Unintentional weight loss

It should be noted that the above symptoms are shared with a multitude of common conditions, including the stomach flu, hemorrhoids, irritable bowel syndrome, and inflammatory bowel disease. Anyone who is experiencing symptoms related to rectum cancer should be evaluated by a physician. An early diagnosis can lead to a more favorable prognosis.

Tampa General Hospital provides individualized treatment plans that include state-of-the-art diagnostic testing and treatment services to people diagnosed with rectum cancer and other forms of colorectal cancer. We are able to effectively treat rectum cancer and its associated symptoms through transanal minimally invasive surgery (TAMIS) and other forms of cancer treatment.

For a physician referral, please use our Physician Finder tool  or call (813) 844-2200.