What are the ACS guidelines for nutrition and physical activity in the treatment of pancreatic cancer?

Updated: Oct 02, 2020
  • Author: Tomislav Dragovich, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: N Joseph Espat, MD, MS, FACS  more...
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The American Cancer Society (ACS) has issued guidelines for cancer prevention that focus on recommendations for individual choices regarding diet and physical activity patterns. Because individual choices are impacted by community measures that can either facilitate or create barriers to healthy behaviors, recommendations for community action are also included.

The ACS guidelines include recommendations for maintaining a healthy weight, adopting a physically active lifestyle, consuming a healthy diet, and limiting alcohol consumption.

The guidelines are consistent with guidelines from the American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association for the prevention of coronary heart disease and diabetes, as well as for general health promotion.

The ACS guidelines include the following specific dietary recommendations for patients with pancreatic cancer [99] :

  • Supplementation with omega-3 fatty acids

  • Pancreatic enzyme replacement therapy, along with diet modification, to manage disease symptoms and treatment side effects

  • Consultation and close follow-up with a registered dietitian for an individualized dietary prescription

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