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Is there a comprehensive list of foods for patients with pancreatic cancer?

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Rather than a comprehensive list of foods, the National Pancreas Foundation has general diet tips as well as recipe ideas on its website, Pancreasfoundation.org, for people suffering from pancreatic cancer. Patients should also seek diet recommendations from a doctor specializing in pancreatic cancer.

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Is there a comprehensive list of foods for patients with pancreatic cancer?
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The National Pancreas Foundation says that a low-fat diet is important for people suffering from a pancreatic condition. An average recommendation is to stay below 20 grams of fat per day and 10 grams of fat per meal. Meals based around fish and chicken, and using cooking spray instead of oil help meet this requirement. It is also necessary to not drink any alcohol and to drink plenty of water and other fluids to prevent dehydration. At certain times, the pancreas may need a rest from food and a doctor may recommend a clear liquid diet for a few days.

Besides these general tips, the National Pancreas Foundation also provides a variety of recipes that are low in fat and usually do not trigger pancreatic pain. The recipes include appetizers, entrées and desserts. Each recipe has a list of ingredients and a step-by-step guide to preparing the meal. Additionally, the nutritional facts provided for each recipe help the patient suffering from pancreatic cancer keep track of fat intake.

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