What is a dietitian?

Your doctor or nurse will be able to support you with diet problems. It may also help to speak to a specialist dietitian, who is an expert in diet and pancreatic cancer.

Dietitians

If you have problems with digestion or are losing weight, you should see a dietitian. A specialist dietitian is an expert in pancreatic cancer and diet. They may be called a:

  • pancreatic dietitian – an expert in diet and the pancreas
  • hepato-pancreato-biliary (HPB) dietitian – an expert in diet and the liver, gallbladder, bile duct and pancreas
  • oncology dietitian – an expert in diet and cancer
  • upper gastrointestinal (upper GI) dietitian – an expert in diet and the first part of the digestive system.

Not all hospitals have a specialist dietitian. Your doctor or nurse may help you with digestion symptoms, or refer you to a general dietitian.

" Try to get a referral to a dietitian shortly after diagnosis. Getting the ball rolling is key."

Anne

What can I do?

  • If you haven’t seen a dietitian and you have digestion problems, ask your medical team or GP to refer you to a specialist dietitian.
  • Talk to our specialist nurses on our free Support Line. They can give you information about how to manage diet problems, and tips for speaking to your medical team.

Read more about dealing with diet and digestion problems

Find out more about dealing with problems with digestion and diet in our booklet, Diet and pancreatic cancer – support with eating and digestion.

Download the booklet

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diet and pancreatic cancer front cover

Questions about symptoms and who can help?

If you haven’t seen a dietitian and you are having problems with your diet and eating, or are losing weight, ask your medical team or GP to refer you to a specialist dietitian.

You can also speak to our specialist nurses on our free Support Line. They can give you information about how to manage diet problems, and help you to speak to your medical team.

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Specialist nurse, Lisa, talks on the phone to offer support.

Ask a Dietitian webinar | Tuesday 19th March, 5.30pm - 7pm

Join us for a free evening webinar covering diet, digestion and PERT. There will be a Q&A session with our specialist dietitian speakers at the end. 

Find out more and book your free place

Updated March 2023

Review date March 2025