swollen stomach and liver mets

I was recently dx with liver, bone and lung mets and am one chemo cycle into new regime. The problem I have is by evening time my stomach is exteremly distended and uncomfortable. I look about 6 month pregnant.It goes down to a certain degree overnight but not completely. Has anyone any suggestions how to deal with this .The only way I can get comfortable is by going to bed which is ridiculous at 8pm.

Thanks in advance


Hi AndieT

Sorry to learn of your secondary diagnosis. I have put for you below the link to one of BCC’s publications for secondary breast cancer, I hope you find it helpful. You might also like to join our live chat sessions on Tuesday evenings where you can chat with others with similar diagnosis as yourself in real time. Live chat runs for an hour between 8.30 pm and 9.30 pm, just follow the links below.

Secondary publication: www2.breastcancercare.org.uk/publications/secondary-breast-cancer/secondary-breast-cancer-bcc58

Live chat: breastcancercare.org.uk/community/chat

I hope this helps. Take care,

Jo, Facilitator

hi what treatment are you having you may be retaining fluuid x

Hi about 3 years ago I had a similar problem with stomach swelling, however, this was not cancer related. After various tests I was diagnosed with an underactive thyroid which was slowing down my digestion and was prescribed thyroxine tablets which sorted my problem. Not sure if this helps but thought I would mention. Maybe best to raise with your consultant/gp?

Unfortunately I have received the devestating news today that my liver mets have failed to respond to chemo and my liver is close to complete shut down. I have been refered to the pallative care team with a prognosis of weeks rather than months. We are very much a family in shock.


Oh Andie!

That is shocking news indeed. How frightfully soon after being diagnosed too.

I cannot begin to imagine how you get your head around this. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Rose xxx

Hi Andie, I have just come on this thread to see if i could help and just read your very sad news. Although I don’t even know you my heart goes out to you and your family and will keep you in my prayers xx

Andie, I am so sorry that this has happened to you. We all live in dread for this news and hearing it happen to you just brings it all home to us. Sheding a tear for you now…I think now is the time to eat all those naughty things which we say “no” to, drink Baileys for breakfast if you wish, watch rubbish tv and spend time with your family and friends. hugs to you …xxxx

Hello Andie
I saw your earlier post and then read down and was so sad to read your later one. I couldn’t leave the thread without sending you lots of love and a big hug. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. You will always find friends on here if you need a chat x x

Andie, I simply couldn’t pass this by. What terribly sad news. Wishing you peace and love with your family and friends.


Sending huge heartfelt hugs to you Andie - you and your family are very much in my thoughts and prayers
Lozza Xxx

Oh Andie such devastating news for you and your family, very hard to take in I am sure. Lets hope you get as much time as possible with your family, thinking of you with love and hope.
Marina xxx

Oh Andie such devastating news for you and your family, very hard to take in I am sure. Lets hope you get as much time as possible with your family, thinking of you with love and hope.
Marina xxx

When I saw your first post I wanted to reply but realised I couldn’t offer any advice or helpful words other than to say I was thinking of you. Now I am thinking of you and your family even more so. I don’t know anything about your situation, or liver mets in general really; is there no other treatment available at all?
I hope you have enough time to do the things you need and see the people you love, and can do and much of the things you want without too much discomfort.
Lisa xx

Hi Andie, I had a bloated, distended stomach for a few days after radiotherapy on my secondary bone mets and was going to try to help and tell you not to worry. I am so sorry about your prognosis and I am sure the palliative care team will help you in every way possible. My thoughts, love and prayers go to you and your family. xx

Dear Andie, I’m so very sorry to read your news. Like everyone else here I send my love to you and your family…xx

Thanks for all your kind thoughts and support. I am about to start a new round of chemo, although even the oncologist says it is a very long shot. I will try anything. Although I am now under the care of the homecare team at our local hospice the option of being an inpatient there later is unavailable as the wards at the hospice are closed for a year for refurbishment. No other hospices are available to me as our borough only supplies fund to one. Thank god for a supportive husband and family. Take care everyone and enjoy life while you can. Andie

Andie…I just want to send you the biggest virtual hug and will keep my fingers crossed the new chemo will help youxx

Wishing you all the luck in the world and praying that your mets start to respond to the chemo.
It is awful that you can’t access palliative care as an inpatient should you need to!
lisa xx

Just wanted to send you love on here as well… xxx Have they said anything about trying to drain some of the fluid to try and make you more comfortable? I’m so devastated that you are having to go through this… Sending you all so much love xxx Theresa x