Gastrectomy (the removal of part or all of the stomach; the most effective treatment for stomach cancer) is major surgery, and patients will probably have to make temporary or permanent dietary changes.

Those who have total gastrectomies can no longer absorb vitamin B12, which is necessary for healthy blood and nerves.

These patients receive regular injections of B12. Some patients experience the dumping syndrome, when food and liquid enter the small intestine too quickly, causing cramps, nausea, diarrhea and dizziness shortly after eating.

Foods containing high amounts of sugar often make this symptom worse.

The symptoms usually disappear in 3 to 12 months, but they may be permanent.



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