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Mission Moment: Nutrition Guidance After a Gastrectomy

By PearlPoint Nutrition Services June 3, 2013Pearls of Wisdom Blog

A healthy diet is essential to maintaining the strength and energy needed to begin or continue cancer treatment or to heal afterwards. The side effects of cancer and treatments, however, can impede survivors from getting necessary nutrients. George, who had undergone a partial gastrectomy (removal of stomach) due to stomach cancer, was experiencing extreme weight loss along with nausea and food intolerances. When these side effects threatened to interfere with and even delay his chemotherapy treatments, George turned to PearlPoint for help.

Our registered dietitian provided George and his wife with tips following a gastrectomy, such as eating smaller meals, chewing food well, and limiting fluid intake with meals. She also reviewed high-protein and high-calorie food options with George to help him stabilize his weight for chemotherapy. Our dietitian encouraged planning ahead for treatment days and suggested portable snack options to take along.

*Names and certain details featured in Mission Moments have been altered to protect the identity of our clients.

PearlPoint Cancer Support Staff

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PearlPoint Nutrition Services is a program of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS).

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