Colorectal Cancer, Metastatic or Recurrent (cont.)
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What Increases Your Risk
Even after treatment that seems successful, colorectal cancer comes back (recurs) about half the time.2 But this depends on the stage of the cancer before treatment. For example, if colorectal cancer is removed while it is still contained within the colon and has not spread, your risk of developing metastatic or recurrent colorectal cancer is less.
When To Call a Doctor
Some people who have metastatic or recurrent colorectal cancer do not have any symptoms for some time. Colorectal cancer may be discovered before symptoms appear, either on X-rays or other lab tests.
You may be seeing a doctor regularly to check for symptoms, but symptoms might start between visits. Be aware of what is normal for you, and tell your doctor about any changes right away. Be sure to let your doctor know if you feel even very small changes.
What symptoms you may have will depend on which part of your body is affected by the cancer. Call your doctor if you have any of these symptoms:
Watchful waiting is a period of time during which you and your doctor observe your symptoms or condition without giving treatment to cure your cancer. Watchful waiting may be an option if treatment may cause more harm than good and cannot cure your cancer. Remember, though, that watchful waiting does not mean your doctor won't treat your symptoms, such as pain.
Who To See
If you have been treated for colorectal cancer, doctors who can evaluate any new symptoms include:
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.
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