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Ascites
Ascites Ascites is a condition in which fluid collects in spaces within your abdomen. Although the most common cause of ascites is cirrhosis of the liver, for about 10 percent of people with ascites, the cause is cancer. Facts about ascites Ascites caused by cancer most often occurs with advanced or recurrent cancer of the ovary, bladder, colon, breast, pancreas, or lung, and with lymphomas. If severe, ascites may be painful, and the problem may keep you from moving around comfortably. Ascites can set t...
Superior Vena Cava Syndrome
Superior Vena Cava Syndrome Superior vena cava syndrome is a collection of symptoms that can occur in patients who have lung cancer, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, or other cancers. It also can occur from noncancer causes. Although serious when it occurs in adults, this syndrome is life threatening in children. This brief summary describes superior vena cava syndrome and its treatment. Overview Superior vena cava syndrome (SVCS) is a collection of symptoms caused by the partial blockage of the vein that carries ...
Cancer: If You Are Diagnosed With It
If You Are Diagnosed With Cancer Questions for the doctor: What kind of cancer do I have? Has it spread beyond where it started? What lab tests were completed, and what did they show? Do I need any additional lab tests or diagnostic studies? What is the purpose of each test or study? How will this information help decide what types of further tests or treatments I should have? What are my treatment choices? What are the expected benefits of each kind of treatment? What are the risks of each treatment? W...