What foods help fight leukemia and aid recovery?

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What foods help fight leukemia and aid recovery? I just read the article on the 10 food groups that can prevent or fight against the occurrence of cancer but I saw no mention of leukemia. Can eating foods in these 10 groups help in the fight against leukemia? My wife was diagnosed with leukemia in April and has been through two sessions of chemotherapy and faces a possible bone marrow transplant. Anything that would help her would be a Godsend - please let us know. Thank you

Expert Answer

Bonnie Bajorek Daneker is author and creator of the The Compassionate Caregiver's Series, which includes "The Compassionate Caregiver's Guide to Caring for Someone with Cancer," "The Journey of Grief," "Handbook on Hospice and Palliative Care," and other titles on cancer diagnosis and end of life. She speaks regularly at cancer research and support functions, including PANCAN and Cancer Survivor's Network. She is a former member of the Executive Committee of the CSN at St. Joseph's Hospital of Atlanta and the Georgia Chapter of the Lymphoma Research Foundation.

First, be certain she is well-hydrated. She will need a lot of water to process the chemotherapy and a possible bone marrow transplant.

Next, be sure she has a diet rich in iron and low-fat proteins. Foods you may want to consider for her are leafy greens such as  spinach, kale or collard greens; lean proteins such as chicken, turkey,  tuna, salmon, and shrimp; other proteins like beans and lentils; and other vegetables such as broccoli, asparagus, and brussel sprouts.

You might also want to try blackstrap molasses and multivitamins fortified with extra iron.