Hi, this is taken from this website: http://www.craigscause.ca/what-is-pancreatic-cancer/. I hope this helps answer some questions, Carm RN.
Digestion / Diet and Weight Loss
Many patients with Pancreatic Cancer struggle against drastic weight loss which can occur before diagnosis, during treatment and/or after surgery. The following information will give you suggestions for nutritious supplements that will aid in the maintenance or increase in the patients weight.
A patients goal is to maintain a healthy weight, so that a comfortable activity level can be maintained. Each patient, with caregiver support, will have to actively engage in a trial and error process to see what works best for them, however smaller and more frequent meals are recommended. Protein rich meals are also suggested. Dieticians can give advice about diet and supplements that can improve patients’ nutrition. In general, it takes several months for patients’ digestion and ability to eat to return to normal levels.
Malabsorption means the poor digestion and absorption of food, resulting in loose stools that are greasy, pale and tend to float in the water. The pancreas produces enzymes required for digestion of food. Removal of part of the pancreas decreases the production of these enzymes. Therefore, in some patients there is need for long-term treatment with pancreatic enzyme capsules to be taken by mouth with each meal.
The following is a link to PanCan which has an extensive write up regarding weight loss and digestion challenges for patients with Pancreatic Cancer.