14-Swelling in the Legs
While swelling in the legs may be due to a blood clot, mentioned previously, it may also be the result of something known as ascites. Ascites is when extra fluid builds up in the abdomen, causing swelling and stretching, and most commonly occurs when pancreatic cancer has metastasized.
This build-up of fluid not only puts pressure on the stomach area but can also extend outward to the lungs and lower body—including the legs. As a result, swelling in the legs and ankles may occur. To help relieve these symptoms, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network suggests “Resting in a reclined position with the feet up,” which not only relieves pressure but also “improves blood flow and helps drain the fluids.”
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