Patient information booklets

We have listened to patients, relatives and carers and understand what information is useful. These booklets are easy to understand and ideal to have at hand to answer questions you may have.

We are operating with a skeleton staff to at the moment, so booklets may take up to a week to reach you by post.  In the meantime, try reading a copy online or call 0303 040 1770 for immediate support.


What is Pancreatic Cancer?

Booklet 1This booklet is for anyone recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

It describes pancreatic cancer, its causes and symptoms, and contains information about what to expect during diagnosis and assessment for treatment.

It contains useful tips about what to ask your doctor and an explanation of the medical terms you might hear.  

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Surgery for Operable Pancreatic Cancer

Booklet 2
This booklet is for patients who can have surgery to remove their pancreatic tumour.

It describes the different types of surgery available and contains practical information about your stay in hospital and returning home after your operation.  

It also has information about seeking a second opinion, considering a clinical trial and questions to ask your doctor.   

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Controlling the Symptoms of Pancreatic Cancer

Booklet 3
This booklet is for patients who need treatments to control the symptoms of pancreatic cancer.

It describes the different types of treatment available to relieve or control symptoms and help you feel better. 

It also has information about seeking a second opinion, considering a clinical trial and questions to ask your doctor. 

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Chemotherapy for Pancreatic Cancer

Booklet 4
This booklet is for patients who are being given chemotherapy to treat their pancreatic cancer.

It describes how chemotherapy treatment works, how it is given and how it may affect the patient.  There is a helpful section on coping with side effects. 

Includes a section about second opinions, clinical trials and questions to ask your doctor and a glossary to explain some of the terms used.

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Diet and Nutrition for Pancreatic Cancer


Booklet 5
This booklet is for patients diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and who need help managing eating and diet related symptoms

It describes how pancreatic cancer can affect your diet and nutrition. It provides advice about managing poor appetite, weight loss and diarrhoea.   It gives information about malabsorption and taking enzyme replacements. 

It also has a section about dietary supplements and information about diabetes and diet.


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Recipe Book

Recipe Book
This recipe book is for patients diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and for the people who prepare their meals.

It features over 80 quick, easy and energy dense recipes for meals and snacks that have been created specifically for people who find it hard to maintain a healthy weight during treatment for pancreatic cancer.

Created by dietitians and chefs at University College Cork, based on extensive research into effective diet and nutrition for cancer patients. 


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