What Nutrition Should Pancreatic Cancer Patients Get?

Q:
What nutrition should pancreatic cancer patients get?

A:
Patients should pay a sufficient amount of attention on nutrition. The pancreatic cancer itself, as well as treatments like surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy, can change the patients’ ability to digest and absorb nutrients from food.

Therefore, it is a good choice to work with a dietitian. A dietitian will adjust the general recommended diet based on your particular conditions. Here are the general recommendations:

  • Take the prescribed amount of pancreatic enzyme replacement products with all meals and snacks.
  • Gradually start adding solid foods. The timing of this varies from individual to individual.
  • Avoid high-fat, greasy or fried foods.
  • Eat 6-8 small meals and snacks daily to prevent feeling overly full. Small meals are easier to digest. Space meals 2-3 hours apart.
  • Drink at least 6-12 cups of fluids each day.
  • Take small sips of liquids with meals. Drink liquids an hour before or after eating to avoid feeling full.
  • Drink beverages that contain calories, nutrients and protein, such as juices, smoothies or nutritional supplement drinks.
  • Avoid alcoholic beverages.
  • If the patient is nauseated and has an empty stomach, small bites of dry foods are often better tolerated than liquids.

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* The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.