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Resources and books

Find out about organisations, support groups, books, videos and other resources to help you cope with stomach cancer and treatment.

Cancer Research UK

Cancer Research UK is the largest cancer research organisation in the world outside the USA. We are the European leader in the development of new anti-cancer drugs. We fund research on all aspects of the disease from its causes, to treatment and prevention, education and psychological support for patients.

We are also committed to producing high quality information for people affected by cancer, health professionals and the general public. We do this through the About Cancer pages on our website, our news and resources, and our range of health awareness leaflets.

Cancer Chat is our free online discussion forum for people affected by cancer. It is a safe space to talk to other people in similar situations, and find information and support.

If you have a question about cancer, you can contact our team of specialist cancer information nurses. Call free on 0808 800 4040, 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. To talk in your preferred language, ask for our interpreting service. Or you can send us a question online.

Support organisations

Oesophageal Patients Association
22 Vulcan House
Vulcan Road
Solihull
West Midlands
B91 2JY

The OPA is formed of people who’ve had or still have oesophageal cancer. It publishes useful information about oesophageal cancer and some is relevant to stomach cancer. It also has local support groups and meetings. It offers advice, information, and support to anyone with eating difficulties after stomach or oesophageal surgery.

Tel: 0121 704 9860 (9am to 3pm Monday to Friday)
Website: www.opa.org.uk
Email: enquiries@opa.org.uk

Online information

The American National Cancer Institute has patient information about stomach cancer. On American websites, not all the information is relevant for a UK audience.

The American Cancer Society also has patient information.

Books about stomach cancer

100 Questions and Answers about Gastric Cancer
Shah M, Pinheiro N and Shah, B (2007)
ISBN: 978 0763753672

This book gives answers to the most common questions about stomach cancer. It’s American and so not all the information is relevant to UK readers.

Books about cancer and treatment

Everyone's Guide to Cancer Therapy (revised 5th edition)
Malin Dollinger, Ernest H Rosenbaum and Andrew H Ko
Publishers: Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2008
ISBN-13: 978-0740768576

Covers how cancer is diagnosed, treated and managed day to day.

Coping with Chemotherapy
Dr Terry Priestman
Sheldon Press, 2009
ISBN-13: 978-1847090805

Gives information about chemotherapy, its side effects, and how to cope with them. Also discusses the effect of chemotherapy on everyday life. This includes tiredness, sex life, and fertility, social life, work, holidays, exercise and diet.

Coping with Radiotherapy
Dr Terry Priestman
Sheldon Press, 2007
ISBN-13: 978-0859699990

Gives information about radiotherapy, its side effects, and how to cope with them. Also discusses the effect of radiotherapy on everyday life. This includes social life, work, travel, exercise and diet.

100 Questions and Answers about Cancer Symptoms and Cancer Treatment Side Effects (2nd edition)
Joanne Frankel Kelvin and Leslie B Tyson
Publishers: Jones and Bartlett Publishing, 2010
ISBN: 978-0763777609

An American book that gives both doctor’s and patient’s views on coping with the symptoms of cancer and the side effects of treatment. It has information about treatment for pain, nausea, tiredness and other symptoms.

Information about eating well

How to eat well when you have cancer
Jane Freeman Sheldon Press, 2012
ISBN: 978-1- 84709-141- 3

Written by a cancer dietitian, this is a practical nutritional handbook for people with cancer. Filled with helpful tips and recipes.

Complete Guide to Nutrition for Cancer Patients: Eating Well, Staying Well During and After Cancer (2nd edition)
Abby Bloch, Barbara Grant, Kathryn Hamilton and Cynthia Thomson
Publisher: American Cancer Society, 2009
ISBN: 978-0944235782

An American book but most of the information is relevant to the UK. It covers issues such as preventing weight loss and coping with dehydration, fatigue, and infection. It also discusses eating problems and digestion issues, such as swallowing problems, feeling sick and dealing with mouth sores. Focuses on survivorship and how to eat well after treatment.

Booklets and factsheets

  • A guide to life after oesophageal/gastric surgery
  • Swallowing - nutrition when it's difficult
  • Dumping syndrome and digestion problems after surgery
  • Dumping syndrome and low glycemic index food
  • Food diary
  • Nutrition and digestive issues
  • Taste nutrition diet

Videos of people's stories

Hear what it's like to live with and beyond cancer, from people who've shared their personal stories on film.

Healthtalk has an online library of interviews with people who have lived for 5 years or more after a cancer diagnosis. See what they say about lifestyle choices, physical effects, work, family and more. 

Find local cancer information and support

NHS Choices helps you to find local cancer information and support.

Information and help

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