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The emotional impact of diet symptoms

You may find that how pancreatuc cancer affects your diet is difficult to cope with and has a big impact on you. Food is an important part of everyday life for many people, and eating with friends and family can be an important social activity.

Some people with pancreatic cancer may find that concerns about eating and other related symptoms can affect their mood – for example, they may feel more anxious or down than usual. Common concerns include worries about losing weight, and pressure to eat more than you feel you can manage. 

If you have diarrhoea (loose watery poo), you may worry about going out in case you can’t find a toilet when you need it. Macmillan Cancer Support has a toilet card that helps you access a toilet when out in public. 

Your family and friends may also find your diet symptoms difficult. They may worry about you, and whether you are eating enough. But they can also be a huge support to you. Try talking to them about things that you might find helpful. For example, some people need smaller meals and more snacks. Others find that the smell of food makes them feel sick, and manage better if family or friends do the cooking.

These tips may help you and your family deal with the emotional impact of diet problems.

It may take some time to get used to changes in your diet. But finding ways to manage your diet and symptoms can help you feel more in control. If you are struggling at all, speak to your dietitian, doctor or nurse. Or call our specialist nurses on our Support Line.  Read more about dealing with the emotional impact of pancreatic cancer here.

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Updated November 2017

To be reviewed November 2019

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