Leukemia is a cancer that involves blood-forming tissues, including the bone marrow as well as the lymphatic system. It is the sixth most common type of cancer diagnosed in the country. It primarily impacts the white blood cells that are responsible for the body’s ability to fight against microbial and parasitic infections. Listed below are a few treatment options, meal plans, and lifestyle changes to manage the symptoms of leukemia:
BLINCYTO® is used in the treatment of some types of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). It works by directing T-cells to target and bind with a particular protein within lymphoma cells.
TASIGNA® contains nilotinib, a compound that is used in the treatment of certain types of Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML). It works by slowing down the progression or stopping the growth of cancerous cells.
Foods to eat and avoid
Patients undergoing treatment have a compromised immune system that makes them more susceptible to food-borne illnesses. It is important for them to be more mindful of the food they consume.
- Whole grain
Whole grains are rich in minerals and vitamins. Including whole grains like rice, buckwheat, oats, and quinoa will give leukemia patients the nutrients they need.
- Fruits and vegetables
Cruciferous vegetables and legumes are highly recommended for patients. Fruits like apples and berries can also be consumed. They help the body in fighting off the side effects of the condition and the treatment.
- Unpasteurized dairy products
Leukemia patients are advised to stay away from dairy and dairy products. They can cause stomach infection or food poisoning.
- Raw meat
Raw meat carries parasites that can prove dangerous to patients. These parasites can either cause food poisoning or lead to other diseases and illnesses if the meat is not cooked properly.
- Active routine
Leukemia patients can adjust their daily exercise routine according to the energy they have that day. It is okay to switch from walking one day to moderate intensity activities the next.
- Proper sleep
The right amount and quality of sleep go a long way in strengthening the body. It also helps fight side effects and weaknesses that arise from chronic or acute illnesses or their treatments.
- Stress management
Stress management is important in managing any illness. Meditation, breathing exercises, art, reading, or simply listening to music are some effective stress management techniques. One can also choose a hobby and engage with it regularly to further lower stress levels.