• Has any Ovarian Cancer patients had Multiple Paracenteses?

    Asked by coopcrew on Sunday, January 20, 2013

    Has any Ovarian Cancer patients had Multiple Paracenteses?

    Does having bloating and needing paracentesis every few weeks mean that the chemo is not working? I have had 6 drainings in the last two months, usually getting about 2.5 liters each time.

    3 Answers from the Community

    • SpunkyS's Avatar

      OUCH! Hope your radiologist is good and numbs well before inserting the needle. I had ascites but the MDs did not want to tap. The pleural effusion bothered me more.
      I did not have paracentesis but thoracentesis before and after surgery (6 on right, 1 on left). It took some time for chemo to kick in but once it did I was ok without tapping. The ascites was left to "disappear" on its own - several months.
      Good luck.

      almost 4 years ago
    • carm's Avatar

      Hello, speaking from the vantage point of a nurse in oncology who specializes in gyne cancers, it is common for ovca patients to have more than one paracentesis. Most of my patients opt for a pluerex catheter to be placed so that they do not have to endure those painful procedures. Although most paras are not painful during the procedure. Patients are very sore for a few days after. I hope I have answered your question. Best of luck, Carm.

      almost 4 years ago
    • Anne79's Avatar

      I have since 2012 ascites, the chemotherapy does not work. I had 2012, the first
      paracentesis. I had many paracentesis with 3 to 5 liters. the distances between the punctures is getting shorter, about every 3 weeks. the last puncture was last week with a 9.5 liter.

      over 2 years ago

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