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Whipple’s surgery (pancreatoduodenectomy) is usually performed on pancreatic cancer patients to remove tumors at the head of the pancreas. Whipple’s surgery effectively reorganizes the body’s digestive system as aside cutting away parts of the pancreas, it removes the bile duct, and in some cases, portions of the digestive system like the small intestine and even parts of the stomach. This means that the body has to learn to adapt to its new digestive set-up, which can cause patients varying degrees of digestive discomfort depending on how radical the surgery has been.
General Diet Tips for Post-Whipple Patients:
Unfortunately because every patient is different, there is no one specific diet recommended for post-Whipple patients. They are often advised to eat whatever they can, which can feel distressingly vague, especially if issues do arise such as favorite foods becoming difficult to eat or digest.
Although the goal is for Whipple patients to be able to eat the same diet high in fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins recommended to all cancer patients, some will unfortunately struggle with diet issues while others will have no problems at all. There are however some general diet tips and recipes for post-Whipple patients, which we give here along with some more specific recipe ideas to help those struggling with side effects.
Recipe Ideas: (Recipes available at CookForYourLife.org)
Dealing with Common Post-Whipple Problems:
In the end these are all just rough guidelines. Listen to your body, and experiment with different foods and flavors until you find what works for you and your new GI system.
Your food diary will help you to keep track. If you need more inspiration, head to the CookForYourLife.org for more great meal ideas. You’ll find our unique search filter will help you find easy, tasty recipes even for clinical diets like bland or low fiber, and will generally help get you through all stages of your cancer treatment.
| Wife | Foodie | Globe Trotter | Two-time Cancer Survivor | 2016 James Beard Nominated Cookbook Author| Cook For Your Life | Sustainability | Design Consultant | Artist | 2016 A Better Life Awards Winner
Ann Ogden is a 2-time cancer survivor with a passion for food and cooking. Before founding Cook for Your LIFE, Ann had a 30 year career in Fashion that took her all over the world, including living for 12 years in Paris.
While going through treatment after her second cancer diagnosis, Ann realized that a huge knowledge gap existed for cancer patients between the facts of clinical nutrition and its application in the home kitchen. In 2007, working in collaboration with local NYC hospitals and RDs, she founded Cook for your LIFE to teach healthy cooking to people touched by cancer.
Ann’s website is CookForYourLife.org
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