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Symptom Management:

Symptom Management

Side Effects of Treatment
Side Effects of Chemotherapy
Appetite Loss
Bladder Disturbances
Incontinence - Urinary
Dryness of the Mouth
Fluid and Electrolyte Imbalances
Flu-like Syndrome
Hair Loss
Menopausal Symptoms
Nausea & Vomiting
Neurological Disturbances
Spinal Cord Compression
Peritoneal Effusions
Shortness of Breath
Skin Conditions
Sleep Problems (Insomnia/Oversleeping)
Sore Mouth
Bone Metastases
Sexuality Issues
Sexual Dysfunction

Symptom and Description Ascites is a symptom that occurs when large amounts of fluid pool in your abdomen. The fluid can cause a sense of fullness and make your clothes fit tightly. The effects of the fluid can be managed with the care outlined in this guide.

Learning Needs You will need to know how to live with the fluid in your abdomen. You will learn how to handle pain if it occurs. You will learn how to adjust to the symptoms and when to call for help.


1.Diet: There are no limits to your diet. Try to eat foods high in protein and calories. Small, frequent meals (up to 6 meals a day) may be easier for you to eat.

2. Pain control: Rate your pain daily using a scale of 0 to 10 in which 0 equals no pain and 10 equals the worst pain that you can imagine.

3. Activity: There are no limits to your activities. You should do what you feel like doing. Rest periods may be helpful. Elevate your feet/legs when sitting.

4. Diary: Keep a record of your daily pain rating and activity level on the Bring this with you when you come for your next visit with your nurse or doctor.

Follow-up Call your nurse or doctor if any of the following occurs:

  • A weight gain so that your clothes do not fit
  • Trouble breathing or shortness of breath
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Increase in pain rating to above 4 for 2 days in a row
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