WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:
Most stomach cancer starts in the cells that line the stomach. It is also called gastric cancer.
AFTER YOU LEAVE:
- Antinausea medicine: This medicine may be given to calm your stomach and prevent vomiting.
- Pain medicine: You may be given a prescription medicine to decrease pain. Do not wait until the pain is severe before you take this medicine.
- Take your medicine as directed. Call your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.
Follow up with your oncologist as directed:
You will need to see your oncologist for ongoing treatment. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
If you had surgery to remove part your stomach, you may need to follow a special diet. This may decrease symptoms, such as dumping syndrome (food passing too quickly through your stomach and into your intestines). A dietitian may work with you to help reduce symptoms.
- Rest as needed: Return to activities slowly, and do more as you feel stronger.
- Drink liquids as directed: Ask how much liquid to drink each day and which liquids are best for you. Drink extra liquids to prevent dehydration. You will also need to replace fluid if you are vomiting or have diarrhea from cancer treatments.
- Do not smoke: If you smoke, it is never too late to quit. Your risk of stomach cancer increases if you smoke. Ask for information if you need help quitting.
For more information:
- American Cancer Society
250 Williams Street
Atlanta , GA 30303
Phone: 1- 800 - 227-2345
Web Address: http://www.cancer.org
Contact your oncologist if:
- Your pain is worse or does not go away after you take pain medicine.
- You have a fever.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
Seek care immediately or call 911 if:
- You are vomiting and cannot keep food or liquids down.
- You are dizzy or feel confused.
- Your arm or leg feels warm, tender, and painful. It may look swollen and red.
- You suddenly feel lightheaded and short of breath.
- You have chest pain when you take a deep breath or cough. You cough up blood.
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