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Pancreatic Cancer Nutrition

Pancreatic cancer patients often find it difficult to maintain their weight. Food may not be digested properly because the pancreas is not functioning correctly. Even if patients can continue to eat and digest food normally, pancreatic cancer and other cancers release compounds into the bloodstream that break down muscle and fat, causing patients to lose weight and muscle mass as well as feel fatigued.

Dietitians work closely with your care team to help you maintain good nutrition and maximize your health. These experts can assess your needs and design a diet plan that best meets your needs, including supplementary insulin or pancreatic enzymes. Dieticians can also help you alter the consistency, fiber content or fat content of your diet to keep food palatable and prevent you from becoming malnourished.

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