Management of Malignancy-related Ascites

Anne Marie C. Flaherty, MSN, RN, APNc, AOCNS®


Oncol Nurs Forum. 2015;42(1):96-99. 

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Malignant ascites are a challenge to oncology nurses, patients with cancer, and their caregivers. It is an end-of-life issue that impacts quality of life. Peritoneal catheters that allow home drainage of malignant ascites certainly allow the patient to be more comfortable and autonomous with control of a very significant symptom. Aspira and PleurX both provide safe and effective systems for this service. The case study provided the impetus for the author's institution to explore better systems and processes to improve the quality of care to patients with malignancy-related ascites.