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depends on its source was posted 05/18/2016 04:41 pm by morninglemon
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When my uncle was diagnosed, he already had moderate ascites. His oncologist tested it and found it was malignant (contained cancer cells), so we knew it was coming from the tumor. When the ascites went from moderate to severe (his abdomen was very distended; he had very fast and early satiety, significant edema in feet) and he needed to be drained, that was when we found out the tumors had spread quite a lot despite the gemzar/abraxane treatment. He was drained twice within 10 days, so his ascites came back quickly. In his case, the ascites was a definite sign that the cancer was active and growing and had spread all over his peritoneal cavity. Once he realized the chemo was ineffective, he opted to discontinue. So you can say in his case, the ascites showed the chemo was not effective, which then led to my uncle deciding to discontinue chemo. And without the treatment (which is ineffective anyway), the cancer spread even more and it did turn out to be an accurate predictor of end stage. But you can argue that one led to the other, or that the ascites was an indicator. It is different for everyone and it depends very much on the source of ascites.

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