Coping with Fluid in the Abdomen (Ascites) in Childhood Cancer
Symptom Management, Palliative Care, or Supportive Care to relieve side-effects is an important part of cancer care and treatment and should always form part of the overall treatment plan.
Ascites is the build-up of fluid in the space surrounding the organs in the abdomen, and this can cause extreme discomfort for the child.
When Ascites is caused by cancer doctors call it Malignant Ascites.
Malignant Ascites is most common in people with the following cancers:
- Breast cancer
- Colon cancer
- Gastrointestinal tract cancers, such as stomach and intestinal cancers
- Ovarian cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
- Uterine cancer
Relieving side effects is an important part of total cancer care and treatment, which is why you should discuss any symptoms your child is experiencing, new symptoms and changes in symptoms with their Oncology Team so that they can work out a regimen of palliative or supportive care for them.
Ascites generally causes a lot of discomfort, and individuals with ascites may experience weight gain, abdominal swelling, nausea or vomiting, haemorrhoids, fatigue, shortness of breath, and various other symptoms.
If the ascites is not causing discomfort, no treatment may be required, as any form of treatment is merely to relieve the symptoms that are causing discomfort.
Some of the treatment for ascites may have unpleasant side effects, so it is important that you discuss all the risks and benefits of each option before deciding on a treatment plan for your child.
Read more about the Effects, Signs and Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis and Treatment and more regarding Ascites on our static page, Fluid in the Abdomen (Ascites) in Childhood Cancer
Posted on 15 June, 2016, in Blog and tagged Ascites, cancer, Child Cancer Awareness, childhood cancer, Children with Cancer, Fighting Cancer, Fluid in the Abdomen, Little Fighters Cancer Trust, side effects. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.