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Nutritional therapy research

Recipient: Professor Juan Valle

Host Institution: The Christie NHS Foundation Trust

Title: The PanDA project: Nutritional therapy when it is needed

Type of award: 2015 Clinical Pioneer Award

Funding: £51,940

Clinical specialists from The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, have already carried out ground breaking retrospective research into the impact of Enzyme Replacement Therapy in improving quality of life and survival in patients with pancreatic cancer.

With the help of the Clinical Pioneer Awards Scheme, dieticians working at The Christie will extend this research to carry out prospective research to look at the prevalence of pancreatic insufficiency in pancreatic cancer patients, the best screening method to assess this insufficiency, and the impact that early diagnosis and treatment of dietary symptoms and enzyme insufficiency by a dietitian may have on patient’s quality of life and survival.