Diet and Nutrition: Nutritional Concerns With Pancreatic Cancer

Below is a list of topics covered in this book, available at the Don and Cathy Jacobs Health Education Center at the University of Kentucky.

Diet and Nutrition Changes After Diagnosis

Eating Recommendations for patients with pancreatic cancer

Coping with the Loss of Appetite

Controlling Weight Loss

Weight Loss due to Insufficient Calorie Intake

Tumor-Induced Weight Loss

Malabsorption and Pancreatic Enzymes

Reasons to take Pancreatic Enzyme

Sources of Pancreatic Enzyme Product

Dosage of Pancreatic Enzyme

Tips to Obtain the Best Results from Pancreatic Enzyme Products

Side Effects of Pancreatic Enzyme

Preventing or Reducing Diarrhea

Foods that may worsen diarrhea

Foods less likely to aggravate diarrhea

Other Supportive Care Techniques

Diarrhea and dehydration

Sources of fiber

Management of Taste Changes

Other Side Effects

Foods that may cause overall discomfort

Relieving Constipation

Preventing gas

Controlling Lactose Intolerance

Dealing with fatigue

Overcoming Nausea and Vomiting

AnriEmetic (Anti-nausea) Medications

Dietary Changes Following Surgery

General Recommendations following pancreatic surgery

Suggested Meal Plan


Sugar and Diabetes

People with Diabetes and Cancer have special dietary needs

Complementary and Alternative Medicine

General Nutrition Guidelines


AICR Guidelines

The Role of a Dietitian

What is a dietitian vs. a nutritionist?

How can a registered dietitian help?

Where can I find a registered dietitian?









Hospice: End of Life Care in Pancreatic Cancer

Below is a list of topics covered in this book, available in the University of Kentucky Don and Cathy Jacobs Health Educational Center in Lexington, KY.

Understanding Hospice

Does choosing hospice mean giving up hope?

When does a cancer patient become eligible for hospice care?

When should hospice be discussed and who brings up the subject?

Hospice Services

Who provides hospice services?

Role of the primary care doctor

How to find a hospice provider

Affording Hospice Care

Medical and Physical Care

Managing Common End-of-Life physical and emotional symptoms

Personal care

End-of-life comfort care

Practical Care

Advance Directives

Planning Memorial Services

Emotional and Spiritual care

What emotions can be expected?

Emotional and spiritual support for families and caregivers

Caregiver roles and responsibilities

Caregiver planning

Caregivers and the home hospice team

Working effectively with the hospice team

Organizational tips for caregivers

Caregivers and work obligations

Self-care for caregivers

End of Life Care Planning

Questions for patients to ask themselves

Questions to discuss with hospice providers




Medical Care


Family support

Additional Hospice Resources





Palliative Care: Quality of Life and Practical Care in Pancreatic Cancer

Below is a list of topics in the book, available at the Don and Cathy Jacobs Health Education Center.

Understanding Palliative Care

Palliative Care Services

Palliative Care for Physical Concerns

Palliative Care for Emotional Concerns

Palliative Care for Practical Concerns

Palliative Care providers

Challenges to Receiving Palliative Care

Getting and Staying Organized

Questions to Ask Palliative Care Providers

Additional Palliative Care Resources

Johns Hopkins Medicine Patient’s Guide to Pancreatic Cancer by Nita Ahuja, M.D & JoAnn Coleman, DNP, MA, ACNP, AOCN


This book is a patient guide about Pancreatic cancer, written by two people in the field at Johns Hopkins University. This book is available at the Don and Cathy Health Education Center at the University of Kentucky. Below is an outline of the topics covered in this book.

Introduction: How to use this book to your benefit

Chapter 1: “I’ve been diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer

Chapter 2: My team-meeting your treatment team

Chapter 3: Taking action-Comprehensive Treatment Considerations

Chapter 4: Be prepared-The Side Effects of Treatment

Chapter 5: Straight Talk-Communication with Family, Friends and Coworkers

Chapter 6: Maintaining Balance-Work and Life

Chapter 7:Surviving Pancreatic Cancer-Re-Engaging In Mind and  Body Health after Treatment

Chapter 8: Managing Risk-What If My Cancer Comes Back?

Chapter 9: My Cancer isn’t Curable-What Now?

Chapter 10: Pancreatic Cancer in Older Adults

Chapter 11: Trusted Resources-Finding Additional Information About Pancreatic Cancer