• If you had Whipple surgery for Pancreatic cancer, which foods do you avoid?

    Asked by Blue on Sunday, April 14, 2013

    If you had Whipple surgery for Pancreatic cancer, which foods do you avoid?

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    • JMS's Avatar

      Blue - for me, foods I had to avoid (because it really hurt if I ate them) included highly spicy or acidic foods. Also, you'll need to determine whether or not your pancreas has reacted to the surgery by not being able to process sugars (and, for this, you should check with your doctor and likely will have to test for a couple of weeks). Even if you aren't diabetic or pre-diabetic (and, in my case, it turned out that I'm not), you will need to watch your consumption of fatty foods because your pancreas also processes fats and it's very likely it won't be able to function as efficiently as previously. I assume you're taking Creon (the pancreatic enzymes). This will help your pancreas to function and process foods. If you don't take enough Creon, you'll probably notice the result right away - at least I do - in the form of oily stools (not nice...). Also, I found I had to eat much smaller quantities of food, but needed to eat more frequently, and bready types of food (such as sandwiches) were the easiest to tolerate. Hope this helps. JMS

      over 5 years ago
    • tibby150's Avatar

      my list of absolute no-no's....homemade turkey soup,homemade ham/bean soup,butter,rice,pork tenderloin,ham(lunchmeat ok),turkey,gyros,meatball sub,sausage,....now for some reason I keep trying to find an excuse....that maybe these foods are ok....probably because i love them all...but it could have been just the amount that I ate....except for the soup,that was immediate...what happens is that I get severe pain in my neck and chest and diaphragm...I think it's gas and then I hate to say it but have to explode (both ends)....sometimes I'm good right away and others it takes a day before I feel like I don't have a hangover....I found nanny eggs to work great in the beginning(softboiled eggs with pieces of toast mixed in)....I buy a big box of 5 dozen eggs from walmart everytime I go shopping because i know I can easily digest them

      over 5 years ago
    • chargerdeb's Avatar

      My husband was very lucky, once his stomach started working, which took almost 4 weeks. He went from soft foods to all foods. Nothing from the whipple has had lasting effects. He is now having issues with taste and dryness from the radiation & chemo.

      over 5 years ago
    • kelley_gleason's Avatar

      I can eat pretty much what I want. Foods higher in fat result in more diarrhea, but I just take extra pancreatic enzymes to counter effect the high fat. I was told I could have issues with dairy, but don't seems to.

      over 5 years ago
    • Blue's Avatar

      Thanks to everyone for your helpful answers. For myself I'm finding that my digestion is less fickle when I eat room temperature or warmer foods, like soups. Tomorrow, I will begin to drink green tea which I read is beneficial for the pancreas as well as other organs. Perhaps some of you are more familiar with it than I.

      over 5 years ago

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