PERT and pancreatic cancer - an online educational session

21st September 2023, 09.00 - 10.45am, Zoom

We teamed up with senior specialist HPB dietitian, Mary Phillips, for a third year in a row to deliver this free annual online session on pancreatic enzyme replacement therapy (PERT).

When cancer affects the pancreas, it can reduce the number of enzymes it produces to break down food. The body begins to starve – unless pancreatic enzyme replacement therapy (PERT) is prescribed.

PERT enables food to be digested, building tolerance to treatments - but it’s not just for people having active treatment or surgery.  It also reduces debilitating digestive symptoms and improves quality of patients’ lives. It should be considered for everyone with pancreatic cancer at point of diagnosis.

This event explored pancreatic exocrine insufficiency (PEI) and how to manage it with PERT, along with lots of tips on effective use and troubleshooting.

View the recording and slides

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  • 09.00 – 09.05: Welcome and introduction
  • 09.05 – 09.20: My experience of PERT (pre-recorded video)
  • 09.20 – 09.35: Pancreatic Exocrine Insufficiency (PEI)
  • 09.35 – 10.20: Treating PEI with PERT
  • 10.20 – 10.40: Q&A
  • 10.40 – 10.45: Close

What can I expect to learn from this session?

By watching this educational session, you will:

  • Increase your knowledge and understanding of pancreatic exocrine insufficiency (PEI) in pancreatic cancer
  • Increase your ability to recognise and diagnose PEI
  • Increase your knowledge and understanding of pancreatic enzyme replacement therapy (PERT)
  • Be confident in advising your patients on effective use of PERT and troubleshooting issues

Who is this session for?

This session is suitable for all healthcare professionals treating and supporting people with pancreatic cancer, no matter your level or role. It is particularly relevant for the following roles:

  • UGI / HPB CNSs working in secondary care and specialist centres
  • Dietitians working in secondary care and specialist centres
  • Doctors working in secondary care and specialist centres
  • Palliative care consultants and nurses
  • GPs
  • Support workers, patient navigators, MDT co-ordinators

Our speaker

Mary Phillips, Senior Specialist HPB Dietitian, Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Mary graduated from the University of Surrey in 2000, and for the last 20 years has been working with the pancreatic surgical team at the Royal Surrey in Guildford. Her main clinical and research interest is in the management of pancreatic exocrine insufficiency and she is currently undertaking her PhD in the long-term consequences of pancreatic resection.

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