Specialist dietitians from across the UK joined us to deliver this session on dietetic management in pancreatic cancer. They provided a detailed, grounding knowledge on nutritional assessment, nutritional management, pancreatic exocrine insufficiency (PEI) and pancreatic enzyme replacement therapy (PERT), and type 3c diabetes.

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Recording: Nutritional assessment, 6th December 2023
Recording: PEI and PERT, 6th December 2023
Recording: Nutritional management, 6th December 2023
Recording: Type 3c diabetes, 6th December 2023
Recording: Complex cases, 6th December 2023

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  • 09.00 – 09.10: Welcome and introduction – Nicci Murphy, Pancreatic Cancer Specialist Nurse, Pancreatic Cancer UK
  • 09.10 – 09.55: Nutritional assessment – Helen Webster, Oncology Team Lead – Dietetics (UGI & HPB Specialist and Non Medical Prescriber), Ninewells Hospital, Dundee
  • 09.55 – 10.40: Pancreatic exocrine insufficiency and pancreatic enzyme replacement therapy – Ciara O’Beirne, Upper GI & HPB Surgical Dietitian, Cardiff and Vale UHB
  • 10.40 – 10.50: Break
  • 10.50 – 11.40: Nutritional management – Chloé McMurray, Senior HPB Dietitian, Nutrition & Dietetics, North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust
  • 11.40 – 11.45: Break
  • 11.45 – 12.25: Type 3c diabetes – Michaela Lamont, Clinical Lead Specialist Diabetes Dietitian, Community Nutrition and Dietetics, Belfast Health & Social Care Trust
  • 12.25 – 12.55: Complex cases – your opportunity to share anonymous cases in advance for the dietitians to discuss approaches on the day
  • 12.55 – 13.00: Close

What can I expect to learn from each of the sessions?

Nutritional assessment:

  • Overview of cachexia, sarcopenia, malnutrition and frailty
  • Malabsorption and how this impacts on cachexia, sarcopenia, malnutrition and frailty
  • Factors affecting nutritional status
  • How to assess nutritional status – calculating nutritional requirements and functional tests and tools
  • Assessing for vitamin deficiency
  • Prehabilitation

Pancreatic exocrine insufficiency (PEI) and pancreatic enzyme replacement therapy (PERT):

  • PEI – Causes, consequences, symptoms and diagnosis
  • PERT – Who needs it, what it does, how to take it effectively and titrating the dose; focus on enteral feeding, troubleshooting and differential diagnosis

Nutritional management:

  • Managing appetite loss
  • Diet fortification and oral nutritional supplements
  • Enteral feeding
  • Stent dietary advice
  • Surgery – including pre- and post-surgery
  • Chemotherapy
  • Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO)
  • Bile acid malabsorption (BAM) / Bile acid diarrhoea (BAD)
  • Dumping syndrome

Type 3c diabetes

  • Overview of type 3c diabetes
  • How it impacts on nutrition

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 dietitians and nursing roles, as well as student dietitians and nurses.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at hpnetwork@pancreaticcancer.org.uk