Ascites (symptom of pancreatic cancer)

Pancreatic Cancer Action
Patient Information Booklets

Control the symptoms of pancreatic cancer

This booklet covers the different procedures used to control pancreatic cancer symptoms with practical information about your hospital visit and returning home. Includes a section about second opinions, clinical trials and questions to ask your doctor and a glossary to explain some of the terms used.

Ascites is a build up of fluid in the peritoneum. These are the layers that line the inside of
your abdomen (tummy). This may happen in pancreatic cancer patients if your liver function
becomes poor or due to the effects of the tumour or fluid (exudate) it produces.

Ascites can cause pain or shortness of breath as your abdomen swells. It can be drained in hospital
using a tube that can be either temporary, and removed once the fluid has drained, or permanent.