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What are the common cancers that cause ascites?

What are the common cancers that cause ascites?

Either those causing: Liver failure by metastasis (colon, any gi, breast, lung, melanoma, kidney), or those infesting the abdominal cavity: ovary, pancreas, endometrium, lymphoma. Benign causes are liver, heart and kidney failure. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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No cirrhosis, no cancer, no clots, temps of 100f and ascites; what could be the cause?

No cirrhosis, no cancer, no clots, temps of 100f and ascites; what could be the cause?

Needs an exam: Should see a gastroenterologist immediately. Causes can be worked up by a detailed workup without any further delay and liver compromise. Might need a liver biopsy if warranted by your physician. ...Read more

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How does colon cancer cause ascites?

How does colon cancer cause ascites?

If spread: Usually doesn't rarely can spread to the lining of the abdominal cavity or obstruct the liver. ...Read more

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Is Ascites always cancer?

No: Ascites is frequently associated with tumors such as ovary which spread to omentum causing a release of a permeability factor that causes weeping of fluid from peritoneal surface to produce ascites. The latter also occurs during portal hypertension with cirrhosis of the liver resulting in fluid filling the peritoneal cavity. Rare infections such as TB peritonitis is associated with ascites. ...Read more

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What can you tell me about ovarian and breat cancer with ascites?

All possibly related: Ascites can be non cancer related, for example with liver disease. However, if malignant cells have been found in the fluid, it is often related to ovarian cancer. A good cytologist can generally tell if it it gynecologic, or specifically ovarian. However, breast cancer can spread to the abdominal cavity and to the ovaries and also cause ascites. In any case, breast & ovarian cancer are related ...Read more

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A family member has cancer and ascites. the fluid was removed but am curious if either cancer (which im pretty sure is not) or ascites is contagious?

A family member has cancer and ascites. the fluid was removed but am curious if either cancer (which im pretty sure is not) or ascites is contagious?

Absolutely not: Physicians may forget to explain this to families. I'm sorry about your loved one, and also that you were frightened. Don't be afraid to touch this person or show warmth / appreciation for however long you have together. ...Read more

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What is the main reason of Ascites?? Is it deadly? or lead to cancer?

Belly fluid: Ascites is a term used to describe fluid collecting in the abdomen. it can happen for many different reasons. How "deadly" or bad ascites can be really depends on the reason behind it and whether the fluid in the belly ever gets infected. A common reason fluid builds up is liver disease. This happens because the liver is responsible for making things that keep fluid from leaking. Good luck! ...Read more

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Could uterine cancer lead to ascites?

Possibly: If the uterine cancer has spread outside of the uterus to involve the abdominal cavity, ascites is a possibility. ...Read more

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What is the prognosis with ovarian cancer and ascites?

What is the prognosis with ovarian cancer and ascites?

This defnes: Stages iii ovarian cancer, and the otlook fo cure is quite poor, but response and longer survival is commonplace. Go to a center and find a gynecological oncologist that you both respect and trust, but also have rapport. Best wishes and good luck! ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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Does a large amount of ascites indicate metastatic cancer throughout the abdomen?

Does a large amount of ascites indicate metastatic cancer throughout the abdomen?

Possibly: Ascites is common in liver disease, happens sometimes in congestive heart failure. It can happen with a large tumor burden in the abdomen, but not always. You should review this finding with your doctor. ...Read more

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Does ascites for advance liver cancer patient mean that it is the final stage? What is life expectancy for such a 70 yrs old patient ?

Does ascites for advance liver cancer patient mean that it is the final stage? What is life expectancy for such a 70 yrs old patient ?

It is a bad sign: Liver cancer can be associated with ascites. Some patients respond to treatment with sorafenib which is the recommended treatment. Once this has been done, there is very little second line treatments available. Survival then is short(less than 3 to 6 months at best). ...Read more

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Why is ascites could happen on mesothelioma patient? Is that means the cancer is spreaded to organs near the abdomen like ovaries? Please advice.

Why is ascites could happen on mesothelioma patient? Is that means the cancer is spreaded to organs near the abdomen like ovaries? Please advice.

It is caused by tumo: Your tumor causes ascites. This is common in most abdominal cancers as fluid leaks out of the cancerous tumors.. Only an effective anticancer treatment can slow it down. ...Read more

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If ascites is severe enough to make lying in bed extremely uncomfortable should we go to the emergency room? Diagnosed with esophageal cancer that has spread to the abdomen. Ascites causing extreme discomfort. He took his pain meds and still cannot lay

If ascites is severe enough to make lying in bed extremely uncomfortable should we go to the emergency room? Diagnosed with esophageal cancer that has spread to the abdomen.  Ascites causing extreme discomfort.  He took his pain meds and still cannot lay

When : When ascites causes abdominal discomfort or pain it is generally accepted that enough fluid fluid should be removed from the abdomen for comfort. More importantly, evaluation of the abdomen to ensure that there has not been a colon or esophageal rupture is vitally important. Evaluation for infection causing the accumulation of fluid is also part of the evaluation. The sooner the patient is diagnosed with a potential infection or rupture, the sooner treatment can begin. Extreme discomfort to the point of not being able to lye down would be considered a medical emergency and urgent evaluation should occur. If you are unsure, someone should be on call for your oncologist. Calling them in these type of situations can be very helpful as they can direct you specifically where to go and coordinate your care. ...Read more

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If a metastatic breast cancer sufferer has severe ascites how long can they live like that?

If a metastatic breast cancer sufferer has severe ascites how long can they live like that?

Longevity: Your situation sounds serious. If the cause of ascites is also cancer, you are likely at stage 4. Your longevity will be affected by your decisions to continue treatment and at what level. Your quality of live and your relationships remain of primary importance. ...Read more

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How long can someone with metastatic breast cancer with severe ascites (5 ltrs every 14 days) have to live?

How long can someone with metastatic breast cancer with severe ascites (5 ltrs every 14 days) have to live?

See your doc: Unfortunately, questions like this can't be intelligently answered without seeing the patient and knowing more abour her (age, general health, etc.) in general, however, this situation implies a very poor prognosis. ...Read more

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Can intravenous pain killers+ 500ml normal saline twice a day aggrevate ascites condition for a liver cancer patient?

Can intravenous pain killers+ 500ml normal saline twice a day aggrevate ascites condition for a liver cancer patient?

Yes. Which ones?: Which IV pain killers are you referring to? Ofirmev, in particular, can harm the liver. If someone has liver cancer, they often have liver cirrhosis which leads to less protein (albumin) in the blood & the inability to hold blood volume in the vessels. In those situations, extra fluid can leak out into the abdomen & worsen ascites. However, sometimes fluid is needed to support blood pressure. TTYD ...Read more

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Can my regular ob-gyn test my ascites for cancer cells in the office, or does it have to be done in a surgical type environment? It's a new symptom.

No.: Typically, ascites can be checked by inserting a needle through the abdominal wall under ultrasound guidance. This is usually done in the radiology department rather than in the ob-gyn office. ...Read more

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Dr. Jay Yepuri
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Abnormal Fluid Buildup In Abdomen (Definition)

Abnormal fluid buildup in abdomen refers to Ascites, a medical condition in which a person has excess fluid in the abdomen (in the peritoneal space). Abdominal fluid buildup occurs in conditions such as liver failure, kidney ...Read more


Dr. Robert Rahimi
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Ascites (Definition)

Ascites = abnormal accumulation of fluid in peritoneal ...Read more