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NCCN Guidelines for Patients


Stomach Cancer, Version 1.2016


Preparing for treatment

Quit smoking

Quit smoking

If you were smoking tobacco before you learned you

had cancer, it is important to quit. Nicotine addiction

is one of the hardest addictions to stop. The stress

of having stomach cancer may make it harder to

quit. Quitting is important since smoking can limit

how well cancer treatment works. Smoking also

greatly increases your chances of having side effects

after surgery. If you smoke, ask your doctor about

counseling and drugs to help you quit


Figure 9.

Feeding tubes

Feeding tubes may help you gain

strength to undergo treatment.

A PEG tube is inserted through

your skin and into your stomach.

A J-tube is inserted through your

skin and into your intestine.

Illustration Copyright © 2016 Nucleus Medical Media, All rights reserved.

PEG tube