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Can surgery and/or chemo cause Ascetis?

1 answer | Last updated: Oct 23, 2010
A fellow caregiver asked...

In September of 2007, I had a colectomy for Stage 2 colon cancer with no lymph node involvement. I am now on fu5 and Leucovorin. Is it possible that the surgery and/or the chemo could cause Ascetis?


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A fellow caregiver answered...

Ascites, which is fluid buildup in the abdominal cavity, can be extremely uncomfortable, even painful.

A surgical oncologist on The Compassionate Caregiver’s Medical Advisory Board says “Ascites is common in patients with abdominal cancers. It is most commonly caused by recurrence or metastasis of a primary cancer (such as a colon cancer) to the surface of the peritoneum (the lining of the abdomen), or liver disease/dysfuction.

It is extremely rare that chemotherapy or a surgical complication would cause this.”