Living with cancer

Symptoms to tell your doctor about

Most people have aches and pains, coughs and colds. However, it is important to contact your doctor if you have concerns, feel that something is wrong or experience symptoms that are new or different.

If you do visit your GP with new symptoms, even if they are seemingly unrelated to your previous cancer, it is useful to remind them of your past medical history. This will ensure a cancer recurrence is not missed. Often, the symptoms you are experiencing will be unrelated to your cancer, and reassurance can be given.

Some of the signs and symptoms you should let your doctor or nurse know about are:

  • a continuous pain that does not go away with your usual painkillers
  • a new pain even if it is relieved by painkillers
  • feeling sick
  • diarrhoea
  • constipation
  • loss of appetite
  • lumps, bumps or swellings
  • unexplained weight loss or gain
  • feeling feverish
  • unusual rashes, bruises or bleeding.