A 46-year-old member asked:
Does the development of malignant ascites mean much shortened survival in cancer patients?
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Dr. Ed Friedlander answered
43 years experience in Pathology
Generally yes: If the ascites is caused by studding of the peritoneum with tumor or thrombosis of the portal vein, then the cancer is much advanced. Some centers may offer hyperthermia for peritoneal carcinomatosis and i've heard success stories; a thrombosed portal vein might sometime be successfully treated. Today's physicians are honest about your odds and the risk-cost / benefit ration you can expect.
Answered on Nov 24, 2018
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