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New cancer treatment drains fluids

A new implant could transform cancer treatment by removing the dangerous build-up of fluid caused by many cancers in the body of patient.

world Updated: Jan 22, 2013 01:02 IST

A new implant could transform cancer treatment by removing the dangerous build-up of fluid caused by many cancers in the body of patient.

Cancer cells secrete a fluid called ascites causing acute discomfort and the process of having litres of fluid drained out at hospitals can take several days.

The pump drains the dangerous build-up into the bladder, to be expelled naturally through the urinary tract. A British woman with ovarian cancer became the first to have the pump implanted under her skin at the Hammersmith Hospital in London.

The unnamed 62-year-old is said to have been in great discomfort, requiring five litres of fluid being drained from her abdomen every three weeks, the Daily Mail reports.

About a third of women with ovarian cancer develop ascites, a build-up of fluid in the abdomen. Cancers of the bowel, pancreas, uterus and breast can also cause the problem.