Before you have surgery, you’ll talk with your surgeon. Your surgeon may be a general surgeon, gastrointestinal surgeon, or surgical oncologist. Talk with your surgeon about:
How much of your stomach and other organs or tissues are likely to be removed. Some surgeons try to leave behind as much of the stomach as they can. This may allow people to eat more normally after surgery. But the cancer may be more likely to return.
His or her experience with surgery for stomach cancer. You may have better
results when both the surgeon and the hospital have a lot of experience treating
people with stomach cancer.
Any questions or concerns you have.
The risks and complications of the surgery.
How you’ll eat after surgery.
After you've talked about all the details of the surgery, you’ll sign a consent form.
This gives the surgeon permission to do the surgery.
You’ll also talk with an anesthesiologist. This is the healthcare provider who will
give you the general anesthesia. This medicine makes you sleep during surgery and keeps
you from feeling pain. He or she also watches you closely during surgery to keep you
safe. You will be asked about your health history and the medicines you take.
Before surgery, tell your healthcare team if you’re taking any medicines. This includes
over-the-counter medicines, prescription medicines, vitamins, herbs, and other
supplements. This is to make sure you’re not taking medicines that could affect the