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What to ask your doctor about fluid in the abdomen

Some suggestions for questions to ask your doctor about fluid on the abdomen (ascites).

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  • What is making the fluid build up?
  • What can be done to help relieve the fluid build up?
  • Can I do anything to help myself?
  • Is the fluid building up because my cancer is getting worse?
  • Is there any treatment I can have to stop the fluid building up?
  • Will my cancer treatments make it worse?
  • Are there any medicines that I can take to help?
  • Are there any side effects of these drugs?
  • Are there any foods I should avoid?
  • How often can I have the fluid drained?
  • Will the drain stay in?
  • What are the benefits and risks of having the fluid drained?
  • What will happen if I don’t have treatment?
  • Who can support me at home?
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Updated: 15 September 2015