A common symptom of colon cancer is a change in bowel habits. Specific symptoms may include:1
- Diarrhea or constipation
- Feeling your bowel does not empty completely
- Blood (either bright red or very dark) in your stool
- Stools are narrower than usual
- Frequent gas pains or cramps
- Feeling full or bloated
- Losing weight with no known reason
- Constant fatigue
- Nausea or vomiting
Most often, these symptoms are not due to cancer. Other health problems can cause the same symptoms. However, anyone with these symptoms should see a doctor to be diagnosed and treated as early as possible.
Often, early stage colon cancer does not cause pain. It is important not to wait to feel pain before seeing a doctor.
While clinical studies support the effectiveness of the da Vinci Surgical System when used in minimally invasive surgery, individual results may vary. There are no guarantees of outcome. All surgeries involve the risk of major complications. Before you decide on surgery, discuss treatment options with your doctor. Understanding the risks of each treatment can help you make the best decision for your individual situation. Surgery with the da Vinci Surgical System may not be appropriate for every individual; it may not be applicable to your condition. Always ask your doctor about all treatment options, as well as their risks and benefits. Only your doctor can determine whether da Vinci Surgery is appropriate for your situation. The clinical information and opinions, including any inaccuracies expressed in this material by patients or doctors about da Vinci Surgery, are not necessarily those of Intuitive Surgical, Inc. and should not be considered as substitute for medical advice provided by your doctor. © 2010 Intuitive Surgical. All rights reserved.
- What You Need To Know About Cancer of the Colon and Rectum; National Cancer Institute. Available from: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/wyntk/colon-and-rectal
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