Talk with your health care team if you are losing weight or having any problems digesting food. You may feel uncomfortable or too tired to eat, or have nausea, vomiting, constipation, or diarrhea from cancer treatment or pain medicines.
Some people have problems eating and drinking after gastric surgery. You may need to take vitamin and mineral supplements such as vitamin D, calcium, and iron or vitamin B12 shots.
You may also experience dumping syndrome when liquids pass into the small intestine too quickly, causing cramps, nausea, bloating, diarrhea, and dizziness. It may help to:
A dietitian can help you choose the right foods and nutrition products . Some people can be helped by receiving nutrition through an IV (intravenous). A temporary feeding tube is rarely needed. You may also want to ask a dietitian:
This information is not provided as medical advice.
We urge you to consult with your physician regarding the most appropriate diet for your condition.
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