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Have abdominal ascites, primary lung with liver and lymph node metastasis. What is happening?

How long can a patient expect to survive once abdominal ascites starts? The patient has primary lung with liver and lymph node mets and had been informed that the cancer in the liver is causing more issues now.the ankles and feet are very swollen then will go down, but still puffy at the moment. He has has 4.5litres drained 2 dayscago and the abdomen is already tightening. Please help me understand what s happening.
Asked On : Sun, 17 Feb 2013
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Oncologist, Radiation 's  Response
Hi,
probably he has developed malignant ascites. This is to be proven by pathology report. anyway stage 4 lung cancer has got poor prognosis. regular draining of ascitic fluid will not be helpful very much as fluid will be accumulated quickly. chemotherapy can be tried. consult your oncologist.
Answered: Mon, 18 Feb 2013
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Oncologist, Radiation Dr. Dipanjan Majumder's  Response
Hi,
probably he has developed malignant ascites. This is to be proven by pathology report. anyway stage 4 lung cancer has got poor prognosis. regular draining of ascitic fluid will not be helpful very much as fluid will be accumulated quickly.shunting of fluid may be another option, chemotherapy can be tried. consult your oncologist.
Answered: Mon, 18 Feb 2013
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