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Not a pro but have known this was posted 07/31/2006 09:23 pm by ClaudiaR
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First of all, there is something hormonal the body secretes, tumor necrosis factor, that gives the illusion of fullness. There is another hormone called cacetchin that makes you lose your appetite. Both of these hormones are secreted with pancreatic cancer. Ascites also pushes on the abdomen making this worse. Then there is the fact the patient's stomach does remain full and doesn't empty easily. To stimulate appetite, there is marinol (a legalized form of marijuana) for cancer patients. That might help. The most important thing is to keep him hydrated. People don't need to eat much, but people with PC need to keep hydrated and getting dehydrated is one of the awful side effects of this cancer. Anyhow, eating in front of him might help (not urging him to eat but eating things you think he might like). Bland breakfast food seems to be tolerated well. Things that are acidic such as sherbet or a bland pasta with a lemon and butter sauce. People with PC can get repulsed and overwhelmed (and depressed) by the sight of too much food on a plate so use a small plate and give no more than you would to a finicky toddler. My mother's taste buds changed. She suddenly liked Campbell's chicken noodle soup. She liked oatmeal cookies with no spices. She liked waffles and oatmeal and prunes. Experiment, but remember to insist on drinking a myriad of fluids (people get so sick of water as many patients have told us here), but try not to be the food police and try not to push food: I'm saying that because I went through a stage with my mom where I was constantly urging food on her and I look back and realize it worked best when I simply ate the foods my mom tolerated in front of her and let her say, 'Honey, I'd like some of that.' Good luck. Some people have had success with Prosure but my mom was extremely sensitive to taste and my best success was making sherbet drinks for her with ice in the blender. Claudia

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