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Other supplements

Sometimes, people with pancreatic cancer may need to take some other supplements.

Vitamin and mineral supplements

If you are not digesting your food properly or have had surgery on your pancreas, you may not be getting enough vitamins and minerals from your food. You may need to take a vitamin and mineral supplement to help make sure you are getting enough vitamins and minerals. But don't take very high doses of vitamin and mineral supplements.

Speak to your dietitian, doctor or nurse about whether vitamin and mineral supplements would be helpful. If you are having surgery or chemotherapy, don't start taking any nutritional supplement without talking to your doctor or dietitian first. This is because they may affect your chemotherapy, and the way some medications work. 

Nutritional supplements

If you are still losing weight or are struggling with what you’re eating, despite trying a build-up diet and enriched food, your doctor, nurse or dietitian may recommend nutritional supplements. These can provide extra calories (energy), protein, vitamins and minerals.

There are different types of nutritional supplements available. They include supplements that are milk-based, some that are similar to juices or yoghurts, powders and soups, some that are savoury and some that are sweet. Try different supplements to find one you like. 

You will need to take pancreatic enzyme supplements with nutritional supplements. Speak to your dietitian about what dose to take.

More information about pancreatic enzyme supplements

Updated November 2017

To be reviewed November 2019

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