Losing weight is a common symptom of pancreatic cancer. Diabetes can also cause weight loss.
Weight loss can affect how you deal with the symptoms of the cancer, and with treatments such as chemotherapy or surgery. Weight loss can be upsetting and affect how you feel generally. Read about emotional support.
Your doctor, dietitian or nurse will work out what is causing the weight loss, and how this can be managed. You may need to take pancreatic enzymes to help you digest your food and maintain your weight.
Your medical team will also help you make changes to your diet so you can get more calories (energy) and protein. They may recommend enriched food, which has extra nutrients added to it. This can help you get more calories and protein, without needing to eat more. This is called a build-up or fortified diet.
Your dietitian may also recommend nutritional supplements, which have extra calories and protein in them.
When someone loses weight quickly, they often lose muscle and strength too. Having more protein in your diet and doing gentle physical activity can help rebuild muscle. This can help you to feel better and have more energy.