Mar 12, 2011 - 9:28 am
I have again searched the boards and have seen where many people have been "tapped" to remove the fluid from ascites. We are wondering which of the docs would be the one to do this? It has been mentioned to us before when we had hospice. We are kind of on our own right now. My brothers reluctance to take the hospice referral upon leaving the hospital this past Monday until he could speak with his medical Onc. has left more questions than answers. He is so not ready to give up and is in denial, to a point, that they have done all that can be done. He is suffering miserably with the extra pressure the ascites produces. Here we sit on Saturday morning... and now he is growing increasingly anxious about the swelling!
Do we call the Onc. the Gastro doc or the Hepatologist?