Resources for healthcare professionals on pancreatic cancer and pancreatic enzyme replacement therapy (PERT)

Right now, half of pancreatic cancer patients are not getting the prescription they need to be able to digest their food. Together we can change this.

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 treatment. It reduces debilitating digestive symptoms and improves the quality of patients’ lives. It’s vital that all healthcare professionals consider PERT for their pancreatic cancer patients.

Guidance on PERT shortages

There continues to be intermittent shortages of PERT across the UK. We know that this is affecting some patients’ ability to get PERT.

A group of specialist pancreatic cancer dietitians and cystic fibrosis dietitians, have developed guidance for health professionals. This guidance provides advice for prescribers and dietitians on what to do if a patient is running low or cannot get PERT.

Read the PERT shortage guidance for health professionals

Online course: PERT training

A health professional’s guide to pancreatic cancer and PERT, CPD approved by the British Dietetic Association and endorsed by Pancreatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland.

Free | 30 – 45 minutes

Take our short course

Quick guide on PERT

A two-page info sheet covering the key things you need to know about PERT and pancreatic cancer to advise your patients. Content references are available here.

Download your free guide

Information for your patients

Support your patients further in taking PERT by downloading, ordering and sharing our PERT fact sheet, digestive symptoms leaflet, diet booklet and more.

Get resources for your patients now
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PERT really has changed my life. The one thing that's changed my life. [taking PERT is] a small price to pay for having a virtually symptom free life now.

Stuart, pancreatic cancer patient
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There should be an automatic association when treating pancreatic cancer patients. Think pancreatic cancer, think pancreas failure, think PERT.

Keith Roberts, Consultant Pancreas Surgeon, University Hospitals Birmingham

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