Cooking and Eating to Fight Leukaemia

Updated at: Oct 15, 2012
Cooking and Eating to Fight Leukaemia

Cooking and eating to fight leukaemia – If you have been diagnosed with leukaemia, it is necessary to take care of your nutrition. It is essential to ensure your overall well-being during the course of treatment and recovery after treatme

Himanshu Sharma
CancerWritten by: Himanshu SharmaPublished at: Oct 15, 2012

Eating and cooking right becomes very important if you have suffer medical conditions such as leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma or a related blood disorder. Eating well helps patient cope better with the symptoms of cancer, deal with side-effects of cancer treatment, recover quickly, maintain body weight, boost immune system to fight infections, repair damaged tissues, thus,eventually improving the quality of life.


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Managing Leukaemia Treatment with Diet

A doctor looking after your treatment will advise you on how to eat well. They will also advise you on cooking food for yourself, making necessary changes in the normal pattern of eating during the course of treatment. Alternatively, you can visit reliable web-sources such as to structure a requisite eating plan.


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The following are some of advices for leukaemia patients the nutrition ideas to keep in mind how to include nutritious food and advices for leukaemia patients that will complement their standard medical procedure. and help them maintain well-being during and post-treatment.

  • If you feel good enough to cook yourself, go ahead and do thatso. Otherwise, you can get ask your family members and friends to cook for you.
  • Eat a variety of protein-rich meals food items such as chicken, fish or red meat. If you prefer vegetarian food, include nuts, seeds, soy products such as tofu or soy milk, wheat or oat cereals and eggs, in your diet chart.
  • Steam your vegetables to get the most out of the nutrients present from in them. A stir-fry preparation from a variety of vegetables such as mushrooms, broccoli, carrots, peas, cauliflower, and zucchini, is another way to receive the nutrition you need.
  • Cook-up food for 3-—4  servings and store it in the frozen form, which can be eaten later.
  • Have smaller than average-size servings, as overeating may worsen your symptoms. Patients are advised to have smaller meals more frequently during the day.
  • Keep tinned and packaged foods with you such as baked beans/peas, tinned fish, nuts and dried fruit.    
  • Aim for more and moreHave as many fruits and vegetables as you can to ensure that vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytochemicals in them have a positive action on cancer cells.
  • Always choose food options that are nutritive. For exampleinstance, choose whole-wheat bread/rice instead of white bread/rice and whole-grain cereal.
  • People with leukaemia may lose appetite or and consequently lose weight  during their treatment and may have reportsymptoms such as nausea. Therefore, it is advisable for them to eat small healthy snacks or meals every three to four hours.


[Read: Coping with a Leukaemia Diagnosis]


A leukaemia-diet is almost similar to a healthy diet, which is suitable for everyone else. However, it is important to talk to your treatment team before making decision on foods you will be eating or taking supplements.


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