Which dietary modifications are used in the treatment of pancreatic cancer?

Updated: Mar 07, 2019
  • Author: Tomislav Dragovich, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: N Joseph Espat, MD, MS, FACS  more...
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As with most patients with advanced cancer, patients with pancreatic carcinoma are often anorexic. Pharmacologic stimulation of appetite is usually unsuccessful, but it may be tried.

Patients may have some degree of malabsorption secondary to exocrine pancreatic insufficiency caused by the cancer obstructing the pancreatic duct. Patients with malabsorption diarrhea and weight loss may benefit from pancreatic enzyme supplementation. Their diarrhea may also be improved by avoidance of high-fat or high-protein diets.


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