How to Eat After Gastric Cancer Surgery

Having some or all of your stomach removed to take out cancer, in a surgery called gastrectomy, means that you’ll have to take extra care about not only what you eat and drink, but also when you eat and drink.

Before surgery, the nausea that often comes with chemotherapy probably hurt your appetite and led to weight loss.

Gastric cancer surgery also is life-changing. And though it may take a year or two, your body will adjust to not having a stomach.

Just after your surgery, you’ll spend about 5 days in the hospital recovering. Until you’re back to eating through your mouth, you may get nutrients through an IV that goes into a vein, or through a tube that goes into your abdomen.

You’ll likely be able to start a liquid diet several days after surgery and move to a light diet about a week after surgery.

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