At this week’s doctor’s visit my absolute neutrophil count (a ratio of one kind of white blood cell to another), was too low for chemo. So I’ll start Navelbine next Wednesday. I got started with the Fentanyl patch yesterday and it has helped with pain tremendously.
I talked Dr. T about getting a paracenteses, we have scheduled one for Monday.
Paracentesis is a procedure to take out fluid that has collected in the belly (peritoneal fluid). This fluid buildup is called ascites . Ascites may be caused by infection, inflammation, an injury, or other conditions, such as cirrhosis or cancer. The fluid is taken out using a long, thin needle put through the belly. The fluid is sent to a lab and studied to find the cause of the fluid buildup. Paracentesis also may be done to take the fluid out to relieve belly pressure or pain in people with cancer or cirrhosis.
So I am hoping this procedure will make me more comfortable, decreasing the pressure on my abdomen.