Eating Tips For Pancreas Cancer Patients
Learn some tips and tricks on how to make eating more confortable for the pancreas cancer patient.
Pancreas cancer wreaks havoc on the digestive track. Many patients experience acid reflux. Many times, doctors can prescribe many different medications to help. The problem is that these medications are all oral. Since the pancreas cancer patient is unable to swallow or keep food down, many times the pills are almost useless.
To get the food down, these tricks might help:
Although a high-fat diet is not recommended, including oil or butter in the patient's diet can sometimes help the pancreas cancer sufferer swallow more easily. The lubrication also aids in digestion. Another tip to help the food go down the throat is massaging the throat. While the patient is swallowing, rub their throat. A light massage of this area can help the food make its way down the throat to the esophagus.
To keep the food down, be sure the diet is very soft. The food should be easy to digest and free from a lot of acid. Please keep in mind that you should consult with your doctor about the patient's diet. Some good food choices are listed below. Try to understand that much trial and error will go into your loved one's diet. Sometimes certain foods bother a patient and not others.
FOODS TO TRY:
Soups, pasta (well-cooked), yogurt, rice, cream of wheat, cream of rice, oatmeal, mashed potatoes, yams, poached eggs, pudding, Jell-O, ice-cream, peanut butter, frozen yogurt, toast, applesauce,
Another food that many people seem to overlook is baby food. The deserts and cereals are tasty and made to be gentle on the tummy. These are great for a change of pace. In some cases, the patient even prefers these easy to digest foods.
FOODS TO AVOID:
Avoid citrus fruits and juices like oranges and grapefruit. The increased stomach acid will cause nausea, heartburn, and acid indigestion. Hard to digest vegetables that can cause gas should also be avoided. Some of these include tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, green peppers, cauliflower, broccoli, peas, and any other vegetables that bother the patient.
Greasy foods like hamburgers and fries should not be in the pancreas cancer patient's diet. Seeds and nuts should also be avoided. All of these foods can cause much stomach pain and discomfort.
Keep in mind that every person is different. Everyone has different likes and dislikes. This must also be taken into consideration. Many times the patient knows best. If he or she tells you that something makes them sick, listen! Be sure that the patient eats as much as they can of whatever foods that they can tolerate and enjoy.