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Diet after a stent or bypass surgery to treat pancreatic cancer symptoms

It may take some time for your appetite to improve after having a stent put in or bypass surgery. Try starting with small amounts of food often, and then gradually have bigger meals.

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.

Read more about pancreatic enzyme supplements and diet, including tips on what to eat if you have a duodenal stent. You can also speak to our specialist nurses on our free Support Line.

More information on stents and bypass surgery

What are stents and when are they used?

Stent for a blocked bile duct

Stent for blocked duodenum

Are there any problems with stents?

What is bypass surgery and when is it used?

What does bypass surgery involve?

Side effects from bypass surgery

Updated February 2019

Review date February 2021

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