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Does the development of malignant ascites mean much shortened survival in cancer patients?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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And you have my sympathy. You will be in my thoughts.
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