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17 May

Ascites problem
Hi I was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic breast cancer in February. I have done 6 sessions of chemotherapy so far. I started having ascites after my second session. My Dr told me that it would dissappear when the cirhosis in my liver heals and that I should just wait and let the chemo do its work. I started having breathing problems and went for an ascites tap. 2 weeks later, the water came back again and I had another drainage, now the water is back again. My Dr prescribed water pills for me after my first drainage but it didn't work so he told me to stop taking them. Its really costly to have these drainages every 2 weeks, is there another solution. I have cut out salt completely from my food and have tried herbal remedies like dandelion, horsetail and juniper berries but nothing seems to stop this water from coming. I struggle to sleep, my Dr prescribed sleeping tablets but I don't want to be addicted to them so I dont take them every day. Is there something else I can do to stop the ascites? Please help.
Cancer expert

18 May

Dear Anonymous
Thank you for asking for information. Ascites is a common complication of liver cirrhosis. You are already doing some of the very important things, e.g. reducing your salt intake. It often happens that taking 'water pills' do not help much. Something very important is to completely exclude consuming alcohol. You can also try and reduce your fluid intake. Apart from the advice I have given you, please take this up with your treating physician, however, remember to inform him/her of whatever over-the-counter medicines you are taking so that he/she can properly advise you. (MCH).
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