Common Symptoms of Cancer
Cancer is a preventable tragedy,
The majority of cancers specific to men
The majority of cancers specific to women
can be detected early,
Cancer is not contagious,
Cancer is curable if detected and treated
Look for these early warning
signals of cancer
C Change in bowel
or bladder habits,
A A sore that does
U Unusual bleeding
T Thickening or
lump in breast or elsewhere,
I Indigestion or
difficulty in swallowing,
O Obvious change
in wart or mole,
N Nagging cough
Cancer is curable if treated
in the first stage but only 5% of cancer patients
in India are diagnosed at this stage. 75% are
diagnosed when they have already reached a stage
where they are not only not curable but their
cancer has also advanced beyond a stage where
any medical treatment can effectively curb the
progress of the disease. Failure to discover the
disease at an early stage is predominately due
to lack of awareness of cancer symptoms. If you
notice any major changes in the way your body
functions or the way you feel, especially if it
lasts for a long time or gets worse, you should
let your doctor know. It may have nothing to do
with cancer, as many of the symptoms of cancer
can also be symptoms of other diseases, but your
doctor can investigate the problems and treat
them if necessary. If the symptoms are of cancer,
youll give yourself the best chance to have
it treated early, when treatment is most likely
to be effective. Below we are listing some of
the common symptoms of cancer. If you have any
of these symptoms you should consult your doctor.
in bowel and bladder function:
Chronic constipation or diarrhea,
Blood in the stools,
Pain when you urinate,
Changes in the frequency of urination,
Blood in the urine
Sores that will not heal:
Bleeding of the skin resembling sores that wont
Persistent sores in the mouth, especially in people
who smoke, chew tobacco or drink alcohol,
Continual itching or burning sensation in the
Blood in phlegm,
Blood in the stool,
Blood in a discharge from the nipple,
Blood in the urine.
Constant indigestion or trouble swallowing.
Change in wart or mole:
Any obvious change in the colour, shape or size
of a mole or wart.
Lumps in breast or elsewhere in body:
Lumps felt through the skin in the breast, testicles,
or lymph nodes (glands)
Nagging cough or hoarseness:
Pain in the throat,
Blood in the sputam.
Chronic Fatigue and severe weight loss.
If you have any of these
symptoms please consult your doctor or the nearest
oncologist as soon as possible. Cancer
is curable if detected early.
Symptoms in the Terminal
Stage of Cancer
Terminally ill cancer
patients often suffer from debilitating symptoms.
One of the main goals of Ganga Prem Hospice will
be to control these symptoms so patients may enjoy
the highest possible quality of life in their
Pain occurs in up to 75 % of patients with advanced
cancer. Many suffer from constant pain, which
must be treated with analgesics at regular intervals.
Pain is influenced by physical, emotional, social
and spiritual factors. Despite scientific progress,
it continues to be chronically under-treated.
Drugs such as morphine are important, but complementary
techniques of pain management such as homeopathy,
relaxation techniques, aromatherapy and hypnotherapy
can also be useful.
A dry, sore mouth, poor appetite, nausea and constipation
are common for patients with advanced cancer.
Many patients find the symptom of unrelenting
nausea more disabling than pain.
3) Respiratory Symptoms
Up to 70 % of cancer patients experience breathlessness
in the last six weeks of life. Three of the commonest
respiratory symptoms are breathlessness, coughing
and haemoptysis (blood in the sputum).
Metastatic or advanced cancer may cause complications
which profoundly affect a patient's functional
ability and quality of life. They require urgent
intervention. Prompt diagnosis and referral allows
rapid treatment of symptoms and may prevent loss
of function and independence.
a) Open, foul smelling wounds of cancer that need
b) Symptoms requiring various tubes and bags such
as tracheotomy tube, feeding tube, colostomy and
urinary bag, which need expert care of health
c) Children also face pain, and problems related
to feeding and breathing.
d) Neurological difficulties are also common
At Ganga Prem Hospice the staff will do their
best to provide relief from symptoms for all hospice
patients, adults as well as children, and will
consult medical specialists to manage intractable