Colorectal Cancer, Metastatic or Recurrent (cont.)
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The most common symptoms are:
Some people don't have any symptoms for some time.
If your cancer has spread, you may have other symptoms, depending on where the cancer is.
How cancer grows and spreads
Cancer is the growth of abnormal cells in the body. These extra cells grow together and form masses, lumps, or tumors. In colorectal cancer, these growths usually start as harmless polyps in the large intestine. If polyps are not found and removed, some of them can turn into cancer.
If the cancer is allowed to keep growing, over time it will invade and destroy nearby tissues and then spread farther.
Recurrent colorectal cancer occurs when the cancer begins to grow again months or years after treatment.
The long-term outcome, or prognosis, for colorectal cancer depends on how much the cancer has grown and spread. Experts talk about prognosis in terms of "5-year survival rates." This means the percentage of people who are still alive 5 years or longer after their cancer was found. It is important to remember that these are only averages. Everyone's case is different. And these numbers don't necessarily show what will happen to you.
The 5-year survival rate:
These numbers are taken from reports that were done at least 5 years ago, before newer treatments were available. So the actual chances of your survival are likely to be higher than these numbers.
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