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A 38-year-old member asked:

what symptoms are common in cancer?

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Dr. Liawaty Ho
Hematology and Oncology 23 years experience
Many: There are many types of cancers- thus symptoms would vary based on the type , biology of cancers. It may include some symptoms caused by the enlargement of mass- like pain, symptoms of obstruction, depending on the organ involved. Some systemic symptoms like unintentional significant weight loss, fever, chils, night sweats, etc- could be there too.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

Common symptoms of cancer to watch for between exams?

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Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology 28 years experience
Fatigue, weight loss: Depending on the type and spread of cancer, symptoms may vary. But fatigue and weight loss are common to almost all cancers, and a lot of other things. Fever and pain also can occur commonly. Specific cancers can have unique symptoms. A visit with your doctor would be helpful for this.
A 37-year-old member asked:

What are common late symptoms of cancer?

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Dr. Liawaty Ho
Hematology and Oncology 23 years experience
Late symptoms: Late symptoms of cancer would include systemic symptoms such as weight loss, decrease in apetite, malnutrition. Symptoms can also present that are related to the metastatic disease ( symptoms that are caused by spreading of the cancer to another organs-eg- bone, liver, lung, brain etc- may include-bony pain, fractures, jaundice, shortness of breath, dizziness, limb paralysis, seizure etc.
A 32-year-old member asked:

What are the most common symptoms of cancer?

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Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 28 years experience
Location, location: Location. Symptoms resulting from a growing tumor depend on the location of the tumor.
A 42-year-old member asked:

What exactly is the most common symptoms for cancer?

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Dr. Myron Arlen
Surgical Oncology 64 years experience
Depends on lesion: Various tumors have different symptoms. Cutaneous lesions like squamous and basal cell ulcerate then heal and reulcerate. Lesions of the oral cavity rarely visualized but palpated as a submucosal, underrlateral tongue mass. Breast Ca starts intra ductal with microCa on mammogram before palpable lesion and tumors of bowel obstruct and then eventually bleed but can be diagnosed by colonoscopy.
A 42-year-old member asked:

Could you tell me what are common late stage symptoms of cancer?

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Dr. Bates Moses
Palliative Care 22 years experience
Check hospice sites: Some hospice sites give guidance on the dying process which is seen in late stage (or end stage) cancer or any other disease process. Quick search found this site: http://www.Hospicefoundation.Org/deathsigns. Common early findings include irreversible anorexia, weight loss, fatigue, lethargy, and so on. These all indicate that the body is slowly shutting down, especially if no reversible causes.

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