Nutrition therapy for pancreatic cancer
Pancreatic cancer affects the body’s ability to digest and absorb vital nutrients from food. This can cause nausea, taste changes, weight loss, fatigue, decreased appetite, fullness, pain, gas, diarrhea and constipation. Over time, these symptoms can put patients at risk for malnutrition.
Our nutrition therapy team can help you stay strong and nourished so your pancreatic cancer treatment is not delayed or interrupted. Your personalized nutrition therapy goals will likely include: preventing or reversing poor nutrition, managing nutrition related symptoms, and maintaining or improving weight and strength.
If you experience discomfort or indigestion when you eat, your dietitian may recommend pancreatic enzyme replacement therapy to assist with proper digestion. If you are struggling or having trouble with eating and digesting food, we may suggest an individualized plan for alternative nutrition support.
Pancreatic cancer patients are also at risk for diabetes and glucose intolerance. To decrease complications of diabetes, your dietitian will assist you in managing blood sugar levels throughout your care.
What is nutrition therapy?
Many cancer patients experience gastrointestinal symptoms. The Nutrition Therapy team helps restore digestive health, prevent malnutrition and provide dietary recommendations during treatment. Our goal is to help you stay strong and nourished, so you can continue with your cancer treatment.
Every patient is scheduled to meet with a registered dietitian during the first visit to CTCA. During this visit, you are given a full assessment to identify daily goals for calories and protein. Your dietitian will look at your health history, disease type and treatment plan to recommend nourishing foods during your cancer care.
Your dietitian will monitor your nutrition status from the beginning to the end of your cancer treatment, making modifications as needed to minimize side effects and treatment interruptions before they arise.
Your dietitian communicates regularly with your oncologists and the other members of your cancer team. Working together in close proximity allows for a fully integrated approach to treating cancer. Your dietitian is able to share any specific nutrition challenges with other members of your care team, such as your oncologist. Everyone works together to find solutions that meet your individual needs.
We also provide information and classes about healthy eating habits to your caregivers and family members, so you can continue a healthy lifestyle at home.