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Side Effects

Treatment for stomach cancer may damage healthy cells and tissues, which may lead to side effects. These may not be the same for each person, and side effects may even change from one treatment session to the next.
Side effects of surgery may include weight loss and dumping syndrome. Dumping syndrome occurs when food or liquid enters the small intestine too fast, which can cause:
  • Cramps
  • Nausea
  • Bloating
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness.
Eating smaller meals can help prevent dumping syndrome.

Supportive Care During Stomach Cancer Treatment

Stomach cancer treatment can lead to other health problems. Supportive care may help patients prevent or control these problems and improve their comfort and quality of life. Supportive care is also known as symptom management or palliative care.
Common health problems associated with treating stomach cancer include:
  • Infections: If an infection develops, it can be serious and should be treated promptly. Patients may need to stay in the hospital.
  • Anemia and bleeding: Patients may need transfusions of red blood cells to give them more energy. Platelet transfusions can help reduce the risk of serious bleeding.
  • Dental problems, such as mouth sensitivity, infection, and bleeding: Doctors often advise patients to have a complete dental exam and, if possible, undergo needed dental care before chemotherapy begins.
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