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Nutritional Remedies for Side Effects of Leukemia Cancer Treatment

By    |   Friday, 17 Jun 2016 04:48 PM

Leukemia is a cancer that happens in the blood cells as they form. There are different types of leukemia, and it can be present in both children and adults. Some leukemias are chronic, which means they are slow-growing, while others are acute, which means they are fast-growing.

Treatment for leukemia can include radiation, surgery, immunotherapy, and chemotherapy. Different treatments are used for different kinds of leukemia.

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According to Cancer Treatment Centers of America, side effects of leukemia treatments may include any of the following:

• fatigue
• nausea
• mouth sores
• diarrhea
• high blood pressure
• fluid buildup
• increased susceptibility to infection
• skin irritation
• neuropathy (nerve pain)
• bone pain
• taste changes
• cardiotoxicity

Nutritional remedies can help ease some of these side effects so that sufferers can feel better while recovering from treatment. For instance, ginger or peppermint in foods, tea, or (natural) ginger ale can help with nausea, according to Everyday Health.

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Radiation therapy can remove iodine from the body, leaving it deficient and leading to fatigue. Foods like cod fish, yogurt, cranberries and navy beans can rebuild the body’s iodine stores, according to Dr. Josh Axe.

Chemotherapy and radiation destroy many of the body’s immune defenses in the process of destroying cancer cells. Eating fruits and vegetables, lean meats, and whole grains may help the immune system function better because of the vitamins and antioxidants found in healthy foods, according to About Kids Health

Processed foods, sugar, and artificial sweeteners can depress immune system function, so it’s a good idea to avoid them while being treated for leukemia, says BeatCancer.org. Furthermore, cancer cells feed on sugar and grow, so it’s best to deprive them of this fuel.

Not all side effects can be treated nutritionally; medications may be required to cope with some effects of leukemia cancer treatment like skin irritation, bone pain, or mouth sores.

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Leukemia is a cancer that happens in the blood cells as they form. There are different types of leukemia, and it can be present in both children and adults. Some leukemias are chronic, which means they are slow-growing, while others are acute, which means they are fast-growing.
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