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What should your diet include if you have acute myeloid leukemia and you have low levels of neutrophils?

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Some people with AML have low levels of white blood cells called neutrophils. If you do, your doctor might suggest you make these changes to your diet:

If you're not sure what to eat, ask your cancer doctor to recommend a dietitian.

  • Cook fruits and vegetables before you eat them. You can still eat canned fruit and fruit juice.
  • Cook meat, fish, and eggs all the way through.
  • Avoid deli meats.
  • Eat only pasteurized cheese, yogurt, and milk. Avoid soft cheeses like Gorgonzola, bleu, Stilton, and Roquefort.

From: Living With Acute Myeloid Leukemia WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Appetite Changes," "How Might Treatment for Acute Myeloid Leukemia Affect Your Emotional Health?" "Lifestyle Changes After Treatment for Acute Myeloid Leukemia," "Nutrition for the Person with Cancer During Treatment."

American Society for Clinical Oncology: "Managing Stress," "Physical Activity Tips for Survivors."

Cancer Research UK: "Alcohol and chemotherapy," "Diet and exercise after acute myeloid leukaemia (AML)."

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society: "Neutropenic Diet."

National Cancer Institute: "Adult Acute Myeloid Leukemia Treatment (PDQ) - Patient Version."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on November 29, 2017

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Appetite Changes," "How Might Treatment for Acute Myeloid Leukemia Affect Your Emotional Health?" "Lifestyle Changes After Treatment for Acute Myeloid Leukemia," "Nutrition for the Person with Cancer During Treatment."

American Society for Clinical Oncology: "Managing Stress," "Physical Activity Tips for Survivors."

Cancer Research UK: "Alcohol and chemotherapy," "Diet and exercise after acute myeloid leukaemia (AML)."

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society: "Neutropenic Diet."

National Cancer Institute: "Adult Acute Myeloid Leukemia Treatment (PDQ) - Patient Version."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on November 29, 2017

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