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Is there anything that can cause swelling in the feet and ankles for a cancer patient?

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Dr. Michael Miller
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In brief: Water and gravity

Our bodies have a large amount of water needed to keep organs functioning.
The vessels that carry the fluids are not perfect and they can leak. Also, our tissues have a certain amount of water to stay moist and pliable. Gravity works to pull the fluids down towards the feet even in healthy people. It will worsen as the day progresses. Treatment is compression socks/elevation. Avoid water pills.

In brief: Water and gravity

Our bodies have a large amount of water needed to keep organs functioning.
The vessels that carry the fluids are not perfect and they can leak. Also, our tissues have a certain amount of water to stay moist and pliable. Gravity works to pull the fluids down towards the feet even in healthy people. It will worsen as the day progresses. Treatment is compression socks/elevation. Avoid water pills.
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
This is good advice. If the cancer has spread to the retroperitoneal lymph nodes, or there are large cancer metastases near where the liver lobes join posteriorly, the swelling of the feet may be due to compression of the inferior vena cava.
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