A dietitian is a professional who provides expert advice about diet and nutrition. They can help you deal with any problems with your diet, reduce weight loss, and manage diabetes. A dietitian will look at the cause of your symptoms and help you to eat as well as possible.
A specialist dietitian
It can be hard to manage the diet problems caused by pancreatic cancer. You may need to see a specialist dietitian who is an expert in pancreatic cancer and diet. A specialist dietitian for pancreatic cancer may have different job titles, such as:
- pancreatic dietitian
- hepatobiliary (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 will have a specialist dietitian. Your doctor or nurse may help you manage diet symptoms, or they can refer you to a general dietitian at the hospital or in the community.
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.