Rectal cancer

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What is rectal cancer?

Rectal cancer is cancer that forms in the tissues of the rectum which is the area in the digestive tract that includes the last several inches of the large intestine closest to the anus.

Common symptoms reported by people with rectal cancer

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with rectal cancer

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Intensity-Modulated Radiation)
Type
Procedures
How many have tried
10
Tried for
rectal cancer (10)
Treatment name(s)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
rectal cancer (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Xeloda)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
rectal cancer (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Pamelor)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)
Type
Procedures
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
rectal cancer (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Lonsurf)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
rectal cancer (1)
Treatment name(s)
Type
Surgery
How many have tried
1
Tried for
rectal cancer (1)

Data from patients with rectal cancer, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with rectal cancer

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Intensity-Modulated Radiation)
Perceived effectiveness
for rectal cancer (5 evaluations)
Side effects
burning sensation abdominal cramps 6 more
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
rectal cancer (10)
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for rectal cancer (5 evaluations)
Side effects
cold intolerance decreased appetite 9 more
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
rectal cancer (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Xeloda)
Perceived effectiveness
for rectal cancer (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
rectal cancer (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Pamelor)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
increased insomnia
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for rectal cancer (1 evaluation)
Side effects
chemo brain fatigue 1 more
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
rectal cancer (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Lonsurf)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
rectal cancer (1)
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
rectal cancer (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with rectal cancer, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has rectal cancer on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 0
20s 0
30s 7
40s 19
50s 47
60s 34
70+ 18
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 0
20-29 years 2
30-39 years 2
40-49 years 11
50-59 years 12
60-69 years 6
70+ years 3

Sex

Distribution of sex

60% Female
40% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 108
Not Diagnosed 0

These charts show data from rectal cancer patients who have completed their condition history
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