Topic: abdo swelling - no fluid

hi - does anybody have an experience/info to share - my dad continues on the gemcitabine and carboplatin - the dose is now halved following a recent stay in hospital with neutropenic septecemia.  The main problem that he has is his abdomen which has swollen up - the onc has said no fluid is visible on the ct scan so not acsities - he is not sure what is causing it.  Can anyone shed some light? - my dad is very uncomfortable - only really comfortable lying flat - i cannot bear to see him like this, please help, jules

Re: abdo swelling - no fluid

Oh Jules...........I have nothing to offer you, so sorry. I am just feeling for you. BEEEEG cyber hugs to you!!

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Hey Jules, I've been thinking of you whilst in hospital with my Mum!!
Did this problem get sorted out OK?

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AH! Presumably this is the hernia, I've just read your other post.
So what happens, does he just have to live with it?

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My husband also suffered from acute abdominal pains (I'm not sure how swollen his stomach was though) after his release from the hospital.  He ended up with a bowel infection which was diagnosed by a stool sample.  He had severe diarreah along with vomiting too.  Don't know if this info will help but I know how much I rely on reading what others are dealing with and how they are coping.  All the best to you and your family.

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kate & Nancy

thanks for your posts.  The abdomen pain turned out to be a hernia.  We are currently investigating surgical options, however it is more likely that my dad will just have a surgical belt - surgery would be difficult due to the previous 2 ops.  in addition my dad is reluctant to go back into hospital now, surgery carries risk - eg perforation of the bowel etc - difficulties with wound healing and delay in chemo etc etc..

now that my dad has a surgical belt he is feeling alot better and enjoying the nice weather.  thanks for your messages of support.

Jules