We’re working with University Hospitals Bristol to help you find the support and information you need, quickly and easily.

Our specialist nurse Support Line, expert information and online services are here for you. We can provide you and your family with practical steps and emotional support when you need it most.

Support with eating and digestion

Problems with digestion are very common for people with pancreatic cancer. The pancreas plays an important role in digesting food, as it produces enzymes that help to break down food. Pancreatic cancer can reduce the number of enzymes your pancreas makes. This makes it harder for your body to break down (digest) food.

This can cause symptoms like losing your appetite, losing weight, tummy pain or discomfort, and changes to your poo.

You can manage these symptoms using pancreatic enzyme replacement therapy (PERT), such as the Creon® you have been given in your pack.

It can be confusing trying to manage your diet and PERT, but we are here to help. Below are some ways we can support you.

The session was so informal and relaxed. The nurse was so knowledgeable and she explained things so well. Mum had struggled with Creon initially and now we fully understand why - it was a bit of a light bulb moment for us!

Avril, Leeds

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Speak to a nurse

Call our free, confidential Support Line on 0808 801 0707 to speak directly to a specialist nurse. You can also get support by email. You can have a dedicated nurse who stays with you through every step and gets to know you and your situation.

You may have questions about your diagnosis and treatment options, want to talk about how to manage your symptoms, or just share how you’re really feeling. No question is too big or too small. Our nurses are here to talk for as long as you need.

Specialist nurse Dianne

Both times that I have contacted the Support Line, I have been greeted by the most friendly members of your team - polite, thoughtful and so informative.

Keith, Anglesey

Connect with others

  • Join an online support session to meet other people affected by pancreatic cancer. Our specialist nurses run regular sessions on different topics. We also offer monthly ‘Cuppas’, which are friendly, social sessions where you can get support from people going through a similar thing.
  • Join a friendly online community and chat to others on our Discussion Forum.
  • Read about other people’s experiences of pancreatic cancer in our real life stories section.
Lady with her laptop on her lap, holding a cup of tea

The specialist nurses running the sessions are friendly, very experienced and knowledgeable. We felt completely lost and attending them has been very informative and comforting. It made us realise there is a vast community of people going through the same ordeal we can draw strength from.

Theresa, Coventry

Read our information

  • Our information is easy to understand and covers everything about pancreatic cancer. It can help you understand your diagnosis, ask questions, make decisions and live as well as you can. You can order our publications for free, or download them to print at home.
  • Just diagnosed? This is a good place to start. This information aims to guide you through the main things that are relevant to you right now, without being overwhelming.
A man looking through a PCUK booklet

I found out such a lot about the enzymes, why I need them and how to use them effectively. I was very grateful for the clear and thorough information given.

Vivien, Greater London