Pancreatic cancer will most likely mean that you have to make changes to your diet and lifestyle and speaking to a dietician will help you understand the best way for you to manage your diet.
We all know that food provides our bodies with the energy we need to remain healthy. Hormones and enzymes produced by the pancreas are very important to our digestion of food.
Cancer in the pancreas can change the levels of hormones and enzymes produced. When this happens, nutrients in food aren't processed, released and absorbed by the body as they should be.
Equally, if the wrong amount of insulin is produced, then diabetes can occur. For patients with pancreatic cancer and diabetes it is essential that they control their blood sugar level through careful management of their diet. In some cases, medication can be prescribed to help manage diabetes.
There can be other side effects caused by the treatment of pancreatic cancer too. As part of the surgical treatment of pancreatic cancer, a small tube is commonly inserted into the bowel for a short time to make sure that patients can get as much nutrition into their systems as possible and avoid patients losing too much weight. Eventually this tube will be removed and patients slowly return to solid food. Some patients experience a loss of appetite or reduced sense of taste.
There are many sources of help and support to help you manage these changes. The "overview of diet and pancreatic cancer" section on the Pancreas Cancer UK website is an excellent source of information.