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Eating and drinking

Find out about eating and drinking and bile duct cancer (cholangiocarcinoma). 

How bile duct cancer can affect your diet

Many people who have bile duct cancer lose their appetite and some may lose weight. If you have jaundice it may be difficult for your body to take in fat from your diet. You may need to take supplements to boost your calorie intake and you may need to avoid fatty food until you have had treatment to relieve the jaundice.

After surgery any problems you may have with eating will depend on the type of surgery you had. Some surgery to cure bile duct cancer involves removing the gallbladder, part of the bowel, the liver and pancreas. This type of operation can lead to diarrhoea. After this type of surgery, when you eat, you may need to take supplements to help you digest some foods.

Tell your doctor or specialist nurse about any digestive symptoms so they can give you treatment to control them. It can sometimes take time to get things right.

A diet to build you up

If you have lost weight you may need to increase the amount of calories you eat.

You can sprinkle protein powders or high energy powders onto everyday foods or add them to recipes. You can also get complete meals in a drink. Ensure and Fresubin are well known makes. You can get these drinks on prescription from your doctor or buy them from chemist shops. Some of these come in 200ml cartons (the size of a small fruit juice carton).

Sipping a supplement between meals throughout the day can really boost your calorie intake. Ask your dietician for advice on what to use and what you can get on prescription.

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