Pancreatic cancer, and cancer treatments place extra demands on your body. They can also cause you to lose your appetite and energy, putting you at an increased risk of malnutrition. It is important to ensure that your body is receiving the right nutrition before, during and after treatment to be able to cope with these extra demands.
Your food choices when you have cancer and are undergoing treatment may be very different from what you are used to eating.
The main goal is to try to keep your weight constant, maintain muscle strength, maintain a healthy weight, and have more energy, all of which help your body to heal properly, improve your quality of life and give you the energy to cope with all the new challenges treatment may bring.
Pancreatic cancer and the treatments for pancreatic cancer may impact:
Your nutritional requirements and what you need to eat
How much you eat
Your ability to digest food
Your ability to maintain your weight and muscle mass
Your energy levels and general wellbeing.
Good nutrition can help to:
Manage the side effects of treatment
Speed up recovery after treatment
Heal wounds and rebuild damaged tissues after surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, or other treatment
Improve the body’s immune system and ability to fight infections
Overall, try to make food choices that provide you with enough:
Calories (to maintain your weight)
Protein (to help rebuild tissues that cancer treatment may harm)
Nutrients such as vitamins and minerals
Fluids (essential for your body’s functioning)
Exercise can also help with appetite and digestion issues related to treatment.