Diet after a stent or bypass surgery to treat pancreatic cancer symptoms
The pancreas produces enzymes that help to break down (digest) food, so that nutrients from the food can be absorbed into the blood and used by the body. Pancreatic cancer can reduce the number of enzymes that your pancreas makes. This means that food is not properly broken down.
You can take pancreatic enzyme supplements to deal with this. This is known as pancreatic enzyme replacement therapy (PERT). Pancreatic enzyme supplements help to break down food, and can help with some symptoms, such as loss of appetite, weight loss and tummy discomfort. They can also make a big difference to how you feel.
If you haven’t already been given pancreatic enzyme supplements, speak to your doctor or nurse about this, and ask to be referred to a dietitian.
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Updated February 2019
Review date February 2021