Late Stage Colon Cancer Symptoms in Men and Women

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  1. Abdominal discomforts such as pain (especially pain in the specific area, typically on the right side of the tummy).
  2. Swollen abdomen.
  3. Decreased appetite and this may also be followed with weight loss.
  4. Feeling sick.

Many times, pain can occur when the secondary cancerous tumor is large enough to be able to cause extra pressure on the liver capsule (covering layer of the liver). It may also occur when the liver was swollen.

When the liver works poorly, another symptom called jaundice can occur. It is characterized by having yellowing of the skin or/and whites of the eyes. It may also make the skin itch more easily.

As well we know, liver has crucial function to help digest food because it produces bile. The cancer may block essential tube that drain bile from the liver, causing the buildups of bile in the blood and you have jaundice.

Symptoms of colon cancer at late stage when it has spread to the lungs

There are several symptoms. But before these symptoms appear, sometime the secondary cancer in the lungs has already picked up.

When the cancer has impaired with the function of the lungs, the following symptoms may occur:

  1. Acute or/and chronic cough that is difficult to go away.
  2. Shortness of breath.
  3. Pleural effusion, fluid buildups between the chest wall and lung.
  4. Cough with blood.
  5. Ongoing infections in the chest.
  6. Appetite loss that may cause a significant weight loss.

The risk of having pleural effusion increases due to secondary cancer in the lungs can cause inflammation in the sheets of soft tissue covering the lungs. The inflammation will cause fluid, causing extra fluids that can inhibit the lungs from expanding fully.

This eventually will cause chest aching, shortness of breath, heaviness, or other discomforts in your chest. However, these symptoms may also occur due to another condition, such as a chest infection.

The late stage colon cancer symptoms in men and women can vary. But the most important thing, the metastasis of colon cancer must be treated and closely monitored! Talk to your doctor for more advice!

Citations /references:

  1. http://www.cancer.org/treatment/understandingyourdiagnosis/advancedcancer/advanced-cancer-what-is-metastatic
  2. http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/type/secondary-cancers/secondary-liver-cancer/secondary-liver-cancer