Coping with Fluid in the Abdomen (Ascites) in Childhood Cancer

ascitesSymptom 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



About LFCT

This is a blog about CHILDHOOD CANCER and CHILDHOOD CANCER AWARENESS Little Fighters Cancer Trust is a non-profit organisation that offers support and aid to Children with Cancer and their families. When a child is diagnosed with cancer it affects the whole family. One of the parents, usually the mother, must give up their job to care for the child and this creates financial problems for the family. In South Africa especially the majority of these families are not well-to-do; many of them are rural. A diagnosis of cancer can wipe out any family’s finances, let alone a poor family. The costs of special medications, special diets, hospital stays, transport to and from the hospital or clinic and accommodation and food costs for the mother who spends most of the time at her child’s bedside are astronomical. These are the people and problems that fall through the cracks, and these are the people that Little Fighters Cancer Trust has pledged to help in any way possible. LFCT takes a holistic approach to assisting the Children with Cancer and their Families, with the main aim to be the preservation of individual dignity and pride. Little Fighters Cancer Trust also focuses on promotion and advocacy of National Childhood Cancer Awareness in an effort to increase awareness of Early Warning Signs of Childhood Cancer. This would result in earlier diagnosis, giving the Child with Cancer more of a chance at Treatment and Survival. See "About" for more Background info

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