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Nutrition and diets for leukemia – Medical News Today

Summary

Leukemia is a form of cancer that affects blood cells. People who have leukemia may benefit from a diet containing certain foods.

Leukemia and its treatments can have a major impact on the body. People who have leukemia may benefit from a diet containing certain foods.

Read on to learn more about what foods are beneficial for people with leukemia and which foods to avoid.

There is no ideal diet for a person who has leukemia. But the Leukemia & Lymphom…….

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Leukemia is a form of cancer that affects blood cells. People who have leukemia may benefit from a diet containing certain foods.

Leukemia and its treatments can have a major impact on the body. People who have leukemia may benefit from a diet containing certain foods.

Read on to learn more about what foods are beneficial for people with leukemia and which foods to avoid.

There is no ideal diet for a person who has leukemia. But the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) states that healthy eating is good for:

  • helping the body to replace blood and tissue cells damaged during cancer treatment
  • supporting the immune system
  • helping the person keep or regain their strength
  • reducing the risk of complications

The LLS recommends a diet for people who have leukemia should include:

  • a variety of vegetables and legumes, which should make up around 50% of most meals
  • whole fruits, such as apples or blueberries
  • grains, at least half of which should be whole grains
  • fat-free or low-fat dairy products
  • low-fat protein sources, such as chicken, fish, and soy
  • healthy oil, such as olive or canola oil
  • water, tea, or coffee

Cruciferous vegetables

Cruciferous vegetables are part of the Brassica genus. They include:

  • broccoli
  • cabbage
  • cauliflower
  • bok choy
  • kale

A study from 2014 suggests that cruciferous vegetables may be beneficial to people with leukemia. Researchers found that compounds in cruciferous vegetables, such as sulforaphane, could slow the spread of certain types of leukemia.

But they found that the amount of sulforaphane necessary to affect leukemia was more than a person would be able to ingest from food alone. Additionally, researchers conducted the study on samples outside the human body. Further research is necessary to determine whether sulforaphane is helpful in treating leukemia in humans.

Neutropenic diet

Cancer treatments can weaken the immune system and increase the risk of foodborne illnesses.

Neutropenia is a condition that occurs when a person has too few neutrophils, a type of white blood cell for fighting infections. Low neutrophil levels increase the risk of infections.

Neutropenia is a common side effect of chemotherapy, a type of cancer treatment. A doctor may recommend the neutropenic diet for someone who has neutropenia. A neutropenic diet involves avoiding certain foods to reduce exposure to bacteria, such as: