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How does rectal cancer affect the body?

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
Surgery - Colorectal
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In brief: Depends

Early on there may be no effect.
As the disease progresses undiagnosed, you may develop a change in bowels, blood in stool, abdominal pain, weight loss, loss of appetite, lethargy, loss of stamina, bowel obstruction, shortness of breath, anemia, early diagnosis in high risk patients or regular colonoscopies is the best way to avoid all of the above.

In brief: Depends

Early on there may be no effect.
As the disease progresses undiagnosed, you may develop a change in bowels, blood in stool, abdominal pain, weight loss, loss of appetite, lethargy, loss of stamina, bowel obstruction, shortness of breath, anemia, early diagnosis in high risk patients or regular colonoscopies is the best way to avoid all of the above.
Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Dr. Howard Hack
Internal Medicine
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In brief: Depends on staging

Rectal cancer can cause problems with the rectal function, based on it's presence or from treatment related side effects, such as rectal bleeding.
More serious problems including weight loss and fatigue may occur if the cancer has spread.

In brief: Depends on staging

Rectal cancer can cause problems with the rectal function, based on it's presence or from treatment related side effects, such as rectal bleeding.
More serious problems including weight loss and fatigue may occur if the cancer has spread.
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