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Lifestyle Changes to Manage Stomach Cancer

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by Carson-DeWitt R
 
Lifestyle changes can be helpful in a variety of important ways:
  • Strengthening your body so that you can withstand some of the rigors of treatment
  • Optimizing the function of your immune system to aid in the fight against cancer
  • Improving your emotional outlook, so you can enjoy life to the fullest, even during treatment for stomach cancer
  • Making healthful choices that will help you avoid other medical problems that could complicate your health

When to Contact Your Doctor

It’s important that you don’t make major lifestyle changes without consulting your doctor and verifying that you are proceeding safely. You are already being physically and emotionally challenged by the presence of cancer and the rigors of treatment. You and your doctor can work together to make wise lifestyle choices and implement them in the healthiest way possible. Your doctor can provide referrals to an RD, personal trainer, therapist, and support group.
 

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Sleisenger and Fordtran’s Gastrointestinal and Liver Disease. Philadelphia, PA: WB Saunders Company; 1998: 733-749.


What is stomach cancer? American Cancer Society website. Available at: http://www.cancer.org/ . Accessed December 2002.


What you need to know about stomach cancer. National Cancer Institute website. Available at http://www.cancer.gov/cancerinfo/wyntk/stomach . Accessed December 2002.

 

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