Weight loss and Pancreatic Cancer

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Last Modified: May 8, 2012

Question

Could you discuss weight loss and pancreatic cancer?

Lauren Ginipro, Registered Dietician at Penn Medicine responds:

Pancreatic patients often have difficulty with early satiety and loss of appetite which in turn results in weight loss. Typically we promote small, nutrient-dense meals throughout the day. If you experience early satiety you need to concentrate on eating high calorie/protein foods since you are likely only eating small amounts. You can add calories to foods by adding milk, butter, cheese and nut spreads (like peanut butter) wherever possible. High protein foods would be eggs, meats, and again nut spreads. Nutrition supplements like Ensure, Boost, and Carnations Instant Breakfast may also be good to incorporate into your diet to increase nutrition intake. If you are experiencing wt loss related to diarrhea you may need to speak with your doctor about pancreatic enzymes.

This question and answer was part of the OncoLink Brown Bag Chat Series. View the entire transcript from the Focus on Pancreatic Cancer Webchat.

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