A recurrence is diagnosed the same way as cancer is diagnosed. Your doctor might suspect you for recurrence if you start to develop certain signs and symptoms, or based on certain tests
Look out for the following symptoms if you are suspecting a recurrence:
- Return of the previous cancer symptoms when first diagnosed, eg. a lump or swelling where your cancer first started
- New or unusual pain that is not going away
- Easy bleeding or unexplained bruising
- Weight loss without trying
- A rash or allergic reaction, such as swelling, itching, wheezing Chills, fevers
- Frequent headaches
- Shortness of breath
- Bloody stools, or blood in urine
- Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, or trouble swallowing
- A cough that doesn’t go away
Any unusual sign or symptom that’s persistent, growing and not going away needs to be shown to your doctor.
It may be possible you might be having some other problem just like anyone else, like a flu, infection, arthritis, heart problem. It is best you speak with your doctor to find the cause of your problem.