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Tips for Feeling Your Best During Treatment for Stomach Cancer

When you are being treated for stomach cancer, it is likely that you’ll have side effects. Depending on how advanced the cancer is, you may also have symptoms of the disease. For instance, cancer that has spread can cause symptoms such as pressure or pain, or it may interfere with the function of an organ.

The treatments to destroy cancer cells can harm healthy cells at the same time. That’s why any treatment may cause side effects. These side effects may affect each person differently. Some people have none, while others may have many. Some side effects may change over time, while others stay the same. Some may be temporary, while others may be permanent.

When side effects occur, they can interfere with your day-to-day life. These side effects can range from fatigue and hair loss to more serious health problems such as organ damage. Some side effects may worsen other symptoms. For example, if you’re depressed or not sleeping well, you may be tired. As a result, your pain may feel worse. Getting relief from one side effect may help you with others.

To help you feel your best during treatment, you may want to take these steps:

  1. Learn how to talk with your health care team and tell them how you’re feeling.

  2. Seek support from family and friends as well as from support groups and associations.

Ask your health care team for tips on how to cope with the most common side effects of treatment for stomach cancer. You’ll learn more about each of these is in another section.