Melanoma Metastasis Symptoms
People with advanced melanoma can have different symptoms depending on where in the body it has spread to. There is information about where melanoma can spread to in this section.
It is possible to control many of the symptoms of advanced melanoma. The best thing you can do is to let your nurses and doctors know if you have any of these symptoms. They are there to help you and want you to be as comfortable as possible. Do talk to them and let them know exactly how you feel. This will help them plan the best symptom management for you.
Having advanced cancer doesn’t always mean that you will have pain. There is a lot that can be done to help control the pain caused by advanced cancer.
Everyday life becomes hard work and you may find yourself not having enough energy to cook, eat, clean, bath, or go shopping. Many people with cancer suffer from this symptom. There is more information about cancer fatigue in the section on coping physically with cancer.
There may be a particular cause for your loss of appetite. Being in a lot of pain and short of breath can stop you wanting to eat. Or it may just be that you feel too tired or fed up to bother eating much.
Losing weight is often related to loss of appetite. You may be eating normally but still losing weight. Your body may not be absorbing all the fat, protein and carbohydrate from the food you eat.
Bowel problems such as diarrhea and constipation are common in advanced cancer. Because of the changes your melanoma is causing to your body, these problems may happen. Or they may happen because of side effects from cancer treatments and other drugs such as painkillers. Whatever the cause, this can sometimes be difficult to control. There are things that can be done to help.
If you can not drink enough, or you think you are losing more fluid in diarrhea than you can replace by drinking, you must tell your doctor or nurse. If you have diarrhea after treatment such as chemotherapy or radiotherapy tell your doctor or nurse. These will help to reduce the diarrhea.
It is possible to control many of the symptoms of advanced melanoma. Many people with cancer suffer from this symptom. There is more information about cancer fatigue in the section on coping physically with cancer.
Bowel problems such as diarrhea and constipation are common in advanced cancer. These problems may happen because of the changes your melanoma is causing to your body.
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