What can help?
There are ways to manage problems with eating and digestion. Pancreatic enzyme replacement therapy (PERT) replaces the enzymes that your pancreas would normally make. The replacement enzymes help to break down food so that your body can absorb the nutrients and energy from it. They can can make a big difference to how you feel.
A dietitian is a professional who provides advice about diet and nutrition. They can support you to make changes to your diet to make sure you get enough nutrients and energy from your food. This is important as eating well and keeping your weight stable may improve how you feel and help you cope better with the cancer and treatment. This can also help with managing fatigue. The dietitian should check whether you need pancreatic enzymes.
Some people may need to take vitamin and mineral supplements or nutritional supplements, to make sure they get all the nutrients they need. Speak to your dietitian, nurse or doctor about whether these might help.
You can speak to our specialist nurses on our free Support Line with any questions about diet.