Diet and PERT: support and information for you

If you're affected by pancreatic cancer, you might have questions about diet and pancreatic enzyme replacement therapy. Find out more about the support and information we offer below.

Pancreatic cancer can reduce the number of enzymes your pancreas produces, making it harder for your body to break down food and absorb the nutrients contained in the things you eat.

The symptoms this causes can be managed by PERT (pancreatic enzyme replacement therapy), such as Creon®.

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

Talk to a nurse

Questions about diet or PERT? Our specialist nurses can help.

Contact our free Support Line on 0808 801 0707 or by email.

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

Read our information

Find out how pancreatic cancer affects digestion, and how PERT can help.

We have publications you can download or order for free.

Read our information
An image of the front cover of the booklet, Diet and pancreatic cancer by Pancreatic Cancer UK.

Join an online support session

Our specialist nurses are running online support sessions over Zoom for people with pancreatic cancer and their loved ones.

Join an upcoming Managing Nutrition and Pancreatic Enzymes session to ask questions, meet other people, share experiences and get support.

Find out more and book

Watch a recording of our ‘Ask a Dietitian’ webinar

Everyone who needs PERT should get it

Right now, unfortunately many people with pancreatic cancer don’t get PERT. That’s unacceptable. That’s why we’ve launched our Transform lives: Prescribe campaign. We’re calling on the NHS to make sure that everyone who needs PERT gets it.

If you have problems digesting your food but haven’t been given PERT, ask your doctor, nurse or dietitian about it.

Find out more about the campaign