Fluid Retention

Swelling or puffiness in the face, hands, feet or abdomen can result from the fluids administered during chemotherapy or the chemotherapy itself, and should be discussed with a doctor or nurse. Here are some tips patients can try to manage swelling:

  • Limit salt intake. Salt can be present in foods such as soups, frozen or canned food, processed meats, cheese and soy sauce, for example.
  • Avoid tight clothing
  • Elevate the feet
  • Contact a doctor if the swelling becomes uncomfortable. Patients who have had no urine output for 12 hours or dark or bloody urine should contact their doctor or nurse immediately.