After a bone marrow transplant to treat breast cancer, lymphoma, aplastic anemia, or a range of otherwise untreatable conditions, an individual will have a low white blood cell count and will be at a greater risk of developing an infection. Food that our bodies can normally process quite happily could be potentially fatal without the bacteria-fighting cells.
Here is an at-a-glance reference for general foods that are ok, and those to avoid, if you are neutropenic or if you are cooking for a neutropenic person.
As always, it is good to double check with your physician, nutritionist, or a member of your transplant team if you are concerned about any element of your diet or health.
The emotional, physical and logistical implications of being diagnosed with chronic illness such as leukemia, myeloma or lymphoma, followed by chemotherapy and bone marrow transplant can be draining on the individual and the people in their lives. At Bone Marrow Transplant Mexico we do our best to offer outstanding levels of support and guidance to our patients throughout the bone marrow transplant process and beyond.
This includes help on nutrition, infection control and early detection of potential complications, such as infection and GVHD (graft versus host disease).
If you would like to know more about the bone marrow transplant process or if you would like to speak to a case manager about the range of conditions that can be cured through bone marrow transplantation, contact us.