Stomach filling up with fluid.

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Stomach filling up with fluid.

by Sisnlaw21gr8guy on Mon Apr 23, 2007 12:00 AM

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I have been reading this board since my brother-in-law was diagnosed in Dec, 1 week exactly before Christmas of 06.  Stage IV PC, met to the Liver.  He was given 4-6 months. He is 41.  He had 2 stents put in and just this past week, he had been having problems having BM's so he went in.  We were told tha the tumor had grown over one of the stents.  They went in and replaced that stent with a bigger, longer one.

 

Now, he had a fever, bilirubin in his urine, and his stomach has fluid in it.  What does all of this mean?  Is it getting close to the end for him?  I know we cant ever really know, but from anyones experience, please tell me what you think.  I am trying to prepare myself.

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by Fightingfordad on Tue May 22, 2007 12:00 AM

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"Now, he had a fever, bilirubin in his urine, and his stomach has fluid in it.  What does all of this mean?  Is it getting close to the end for him? "

 I wish I had a very similar experience.... However, I can tell you this, my father went for a short period where he was having a problem with lots of bilirubin in his urine as well.  It was not a huge deal.  It was something that passed just fine.  Fluid in his stomach organ?  This seems like a symptom that would be easy to fix--a nasogastric tube perhaps?  I don't know.  Is the tumor preventing his stomach from emptying?  My father had fluid collect in his abdomen.  The doctors did a needle aspiration to drain the fluid and bring him comfort.

I don't think these are necessarily signs that it is the end for your loved one.  However, they are things that should be addressed and fixed by your physician immediately.  They are complications--but what that means for how extensive the cancer is I wouldn't know.

It sounds like you have a lot of questions that you need to get answered by you doctor.  You should make a list, and then go in, or call him/her.  Make sure you get all of your questions answered, and that you understand the answers.  My family finds it helpful to have several family members there each time, because we all pick up different pieces of information from the doctor--we all remember different things.  Don't be afraid to ask up front, "Is this the end for us?  How much time do we have?"  But also make sure you always ask "What can we do to try to fix this?"  You need to walk away with something that will empower you. 

Best of luck. 

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by shannonr on Fri Jul 20, 2007 12:00 AM

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On 4/23/2007 Sisnlaw21gr8guy wrote:

I have been reading this board since my brother-in-law was diagnosed in Dec, 1 week exactly before Christmas of 06.  Stage IV PC, met to the Liver.  He was given 4-6 months. He is 41.  He had 2 stents put in and just this past week, he had been having problems having BM's so he went in.  We were told tha the tumor had grown over one of the stents.  They went in and replaced that stent with a bigger, longer one.

 

Now, he had a fever, bilirubin in his urine, and his stomach has fluid in it.  What does all of this mean?  Is it getting close to the end for him?  I know we cant ever really know, but from anyones experience, please tell me what you think.  I am trying to prepare myself.

Is your brother in law still having the problems with the fluid building up in his stomach?  I know this is an older post but my boyfriend (also 41) was diagnosed in May with Stage IV PC with mets to the liver and has just gotten out of the hospital with blood clots and fluid build up.  He is still having problems with the build up and I wonder myself if this is signs of the end or just complications that can be worked through.  Any information you could offer would be so appreciated.

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by heaven on Sun May 17, 2009 12:00 AM

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My Sister has Cancer of the Pancreas.  The stomach and ankles have a alot of fluids.  The Doctors are saying there is nothing you can do.  Do you have any suggestions?

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by moms_best_friend on Sun Aug 16, 2009 12:00 AM

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i'm just read your message.  my mom is having the same exact problem now.  Can you tell me what was done for your sister?

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by TheBigBTwin on Sun Aug 16, 2009 12:00 AM

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Make sure you keep posting here , more questions.  And note that the posts above yours about the fluid were from 2 years ago so that is pretty old news. Good luck.

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by heaven on Mon Aug 17, 2009 12:00 AM

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HI, I am so sorry to hear about your MOM.  They gave my sister fluid pills.  I feel like the Doctor's have an attitude of giving up when you have cancer of the pancreas.  My sister passed 21 May 2009.

Carolyn

On 8/16/2009 moms best friend wrote:

i'm just read your message.  my mom is having the same exact problem now.  Can you tell me what was done for your sister?


 

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