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food was posted 08/01/2014 11:48 am by Anonymous
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Healing is always helped by having a diet high in calories and protein. We used additional protein powder added to smoothies, pureed foods and other places we could hide it.

But I agree that she should eat whatever she wants/can.

Some people have trouble with gastroparesis (slow stomach emptying) and pain after surgery so hopefully the surgeon will be knowledgeable about this. Often smaller more frequent meals can help this, and watch to see if some specific foods set off uncomfortable feelings of gastroparesis. These symptoms can be pain/nausea/early feeling of fullness/reflux etc... Be sure to ask your doctors about whether she needs to be taking enzymes to help her digest food.

I would also start asking the oncologist and surgeons to recommend a gastroenterologist to add to your 'team' long term. Surgeons can be good before surgery and briefly during your recovery, but for most of us they lose interest after awhile and will be less helpful. So it is great to have a gastroenterologist with an interest in the pancreas also at hand so if problems develop in the future you have someone to call for help.

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