‘Ask a Dietitian’ webinar

Wednesday 3rd November 2021, 6pm — 7.30pm

About this webinar

There are some questions our nurses are asked time and time again on the Support Line and at our online support sessions.

  • What impact does pancreatic cancer have on digestion?
  • How much pancreatic enzyme replacement therapy (PERT) do I need to take, and when should I be taking it?
  • Are there any foods I should be avoiding?
  • What changes can I make to help me gain weight?
  • I have diabetes – should this affect what I eat?

Register now for a free evening webinar on Wednesday 3rd November, where we’ll be answering these questions and more. Specialist dietitians Rachel Caddy and Lauren Roberts will be talking about the parts diet and PERT play in living well with pancreatic cancer, and there will be a Q&A so you can ask any questions you might have.

100% of people who gave feedback after a previous webinar said they would recommend attending.

“Really good session, lots of information given out and the opportunity to ask questions was really useful.” —  Sheila, Nottinghamshire



Who is this webinar for?

This webinar is for anyone with a personal connection to pancreatic cancer, whether you’ve had a diagnosis yourself or are supporting a family member, partner or friend with the disease.

You’re welcome to join if you live outside the UK, but please bear in mind that as a national charity we’re not able to advise on treatment and care options for pancreatic cancer in other parts of the world.

If you’re a healthcare professional, we have dedicated events, training and resources to help you support your patients.

What platform will this webinar be hosted on?

It will be held on Zoom Webinar. After you book, you will receive an email via Zoom with the joining details. You can join on a computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone – any device with an internet connection.

If you don’t have access to the internet, you can also dial in from a standard telephone.

For information on using Zoom Webinar, please see our step-by-step guide.

Will other people joining be able to see/hear me?

Don’t worry, only the speakers will be visible. Nobody will be able to see or hear you, so you won’t need a camera or microphone.

How can I ask questions?

You’ll be able to type questions into the Q&A box during the webinar.

Rachel Caddy

“I am a registered dietitian, specialising in working with people affected by pancreatic conditions, including pancreatic cancer. I work at the Liverpool University NHS Foundation Trust where I work closely with the fantastic pancreatic team, seeing patients and providing specialist dietetic input focussed on using food and nutrition to maintain or improve health wherever possible, with a strong focus on optimising quality of life.

I have a keen interest in the appropriate use of pancreatic enzyme replacement therapy (PERT) in people with pancreatic conditions, and am passionate about providing education on the correct use of PERT to both patients and healthcare professionals.

I have presented locally and nationally to both patients and healthcare professionals on my role within healthcare and how supporting patients nutritionally can impact on their health, outcomes, and quality of life.

I live with my husband and baby daughter, and spend much of my time baking sweet treats (and the rest of the time thinking about what to bake next!).”

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Lauren Roberts

“I am a registered dietitian, supporting people with cancer who are undergoing treatment such as chemotherapy. I specialise in cancers of the pancreas, liver and biliary system, working with my fabulous team at The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre (Liverpool and Wirral) and closely with colleagues at The Royal Liverpool Hospital.

Where my colleague Rachel supports patients before and after surgery, I support patients through their treatment. As an oncology dietitian my aim is to maintain or optimise nutrition and health during chemotherapy, and I do this by offering individualised nutritional advice, including strategies around managing treatment side effects. A big part of this is educating and empowering people to manage their diet and PERT.

I provide holistic care with support from clinical nurse specialists and other vital teams, including those in psychological medicine and physiotherapy. We work together to improve patients’ wellbeing and quality of life.

I am passionate about working with people with pancreatic cancer, supporting patients and caregivers to manage PERT effectively. I write articles on pancreatic cancer and diet, and have had articles published nationally in popular nutrition magazines. I deliver education sessions on PERT locally, and am looking forward to reaching people across the UK at this webinar.

Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, most importantly my husband and my one-year-old son. We enjoy walks and fresh air together. Of course, I love anything food-related, whether it be cooking, tweaking recipes or eating. How could you be a dietitian if you didn’t like food, right?!”

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The most rewarding part of my job is seeing someone who has struggled with diet and PERT walk through the door a completely different person: empowered, positive, with increased strength and, most importantly, a smile on their face. Knowing you have contributed to that improvement in wellbeing is the best feeling ever, and why I love being a dietitian!

Lauren Roberts