Changes in stools
Many patients with pancreatic cancer
experience diarrhea, constipation or both. Many medications can cause
or aggravate diarrhea and constipation. Diarrhea is a common problem and
presents as loose, watery, oily or foul-smelling stools that can be caused
by insufficient amounts of pancreatic enzymes in the intestines. This
leads to malabsorption as undigested food passes quickly through the digestive
tract. Constipation is a common problem, particularly in patients taking
pain medications. These medications slow the passage of food through the
intestines. If the digestive system works too slowly, it can cause stools
to become dry, hard and difficult to pass. Changes in diet and additional
medications may be necessary to eliminate or reduce the severity of these
For more detailed information
on diet issues related to pancreatic cancer, please contact a Patient
and Liaison Services (PALS) Associate and ask for the educational booklet,
Diet and Nutrition: Nutritional Concerns with Pancreatic Cancer.
Contact a PALS Associate toll-free at 877-272-6226 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
PALS Associates are available M-F 7am-5pm Pacific Time.
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