I was recently diagnoised with Pancreatic Cancer, I'm scheduled for surgury in 8 weeks and I have a long running serious case of IBS. I will be starting oral chemo Fri. & Rad. I am 5'7 124 lbs. The doctors would like me to put on weight before surgery (I normally weigh 135+)the difficulty I face is my IBS and my allergies to gluten, corn, corn syrup, rice, milk. I have been perscribed enzym creon(give lots of gas) Doxycycline(I didn't see much change)today I have been perscribed Hyomax. My main issue seems to be constipation and never feeling empty. I take an herbal named Chompers-15 a day, they have helped me more than any other product in the past, but it doesn't take much to send me into watery diarrhea. Sometimes I have no clue what sets it off, but the fear and stress of my recent diagnois clearly heads straight to my bowel. All the meal supliments I have researched include 1 or more of my food allergies. I feel my food issues will seriously hinder my chances of surviving this cancer. Any help from a professional caregiver or someone with the same issues would be so appreciated.
Sorry that we haven't been able to respond in the past. At this point, you have had surgery and I hope that all has gone well and you are recovering quickly.
Pancreatic insufficiency is a common symptom of pancreatic cancer. That is when the pancreas cannot secrete enough enzymes to break down the fat that you ingest. This results in increased gas and possible diarrhea or quick trips to the bathroom after eating. Creon or Zenpep replace what your pancreas normally produces.
Having IBS with pancreatic insufficiency is a difficult challenge. (as well as adding chemotherapy and radiation side effects to the mix). I would keep close appointments with your gastroenterologist and oncologist during the treatment to manage the symptoms.
I will say that gaining weight is very difficult. I would modify your goal to trying to keep your weight stable through treatment.
I just read your post and am concerned to know how you're doing. I am newly diagnosed & have had chronic IBS, diverticulitis, etc. also for years. I have a lot of the same concerns you do with the interactions.
Posted: 18 Apr 2011 08:52 AM Originally Posted: 18 Apr 2011 08:53 AM
I have pancreatic cancer was diagnosed in november 2010 had a major whipple. Just finished six months of chemo. The hardest thing besides the pain and side effects from chemo was maintaining weight, I constantly loose weight and I eat all the time. Never really hungry but I still eat and just dont gain weight and keep loosing weight slowly. I remember when I first got sick I weigh 325 I now weigh 175, Im a 45 year old male.
Posted: 07 Jun 2011 10:27 PM Originally Posted: 07 Jun 2011 10:28 PM