General Guidelines

Any new or persistent or worsening symptoms warrant the consideration of a recurrence, especially:

  • Vague constitutional symptoms such as:
    • Fatigue
    • Nausea
    • Bloating
    • Unexplained weight loss
  • Headaches or other neurological symptoms
  • Abdominal pain
  • Dry persistent cough
  • New nodules or masses

Signs and symptoms specific to rectal cancer include:

  • Pelvic pain
  • Sciatica
  • Difficulty with urination and / or defecation
  • Difficulty with sexual function may exist immediately post-operatively. Deterioration after 6-12 months may be the result of recurrence

**All signs and symptoms for colon cancer also apply to rectal cancer patient follow up.