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Dr. Praveen Kammar

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Stomach Cancer | 29 March 2022

Role of Feeding tube in Stomach Cancer

What is a feeding tube?

A feeding tube is a device that is inserted into your stomach via your abdomen. It is used to supplement nutrition when you are unable to eat. If you have difficulty swallowing or are unable to eat or drink enough through your mouth, you may require a feeding tube. While recovering from an illness, you may get one through your nose or mouth for a few days or weeks.

A feeding tube can be inserted into your small bowel via your nostrils or an opening on the outside of your abdomen. Your doctor will remove the feeding tube when it is no longer required.
The feeding tube used while chemotherapy is not a permanent but a temporary solution. Patients are encouraged to eat using their mouth if they feel comfortable. After 2 or 3 cycles of chemotherapy, the feeding tube is removed.

The major advantage of a feeding tube is that it helps provide nutrition to the patient immediately after surgery. During the final stage of stomach cancer, the role of the feeding tube becomes very important as there are severe complications and high risk to the patients in which it gets difficult for the patients to eat or drink without the help of a feeding tube.

Your health care team will also tell you how to keep the tube clean, how to prevent wear, leakage, and blockages, and when to replace the tube. Your doctor will remove the feeding tube when it is no longer required.

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