Tips for dealing with a dry mouth if you have pancreatic cancer

Some treatments for pancreatic cancer can cause a dry mouth. The tips here may help you deal with this.

Some treatments for pancreatic cancer can cause a dry mouth. You may find these tips helpful.

  • Sip drinks frequently.
  • Suck ice cubes or ice lollies.
  • Suck sweets or mints, or chew sugar-free chewing gum to increase saliva.
  • Make your food moist with sauces, gravy, custard or cream.
  • Keep your mouth clean. Brushing your teeth before and after meals might help.
  • Use mouthwash regularly. If you have a sore mouth, ask your nurse or dietitian which is the best mouthwash to use.
  • Avoid alcohol, caffeine and smoking.
  • Use lip balm to soothe dry lips.

Tell your doctor or nurse if you have a dry mouth. They can check you don’t have any problems with your mouth, such as oral thrush. They can also give you medicines which can help with a dry mouth, such as a mouthwash, gels or tablets.

Updated January 2020

Review date January 2023