What is a good diet for people with lymphoma?


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A good diet for people with lymphoma depends on whether the person has had a transplant as people with transplants should avoid undercooked foods and raw foods, such as eggs, unpeeled fruits, meats, seafood and vegetables, notes Cancer Treatment Centers of America. People who have not recently received a transplant should follow a diet rich in vitamin D and filled with fruits, vegetables and high-fiber foods, according to WebMD.

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However, it should be noted nutrition and diet cannot treat or slow the progression of lymphoma or its symptoms, states the Lymphoma Research Foundation. At the same time, it is important for people to be adequately nourished. If they are not adequately nourished, their bodies have a more difficult time fighting the cancer and healing after medical treatments.

Patients must speak about vitamin and herb supplementation with their doctors as some vitamin and herb supplements can be detrimental to treating lymphoma. For example, St. John's wort lessens the effects of imatinib, which is used to treat various cancers. Another example is omega-3 fatty acid supplements, which increase blood-thinning effects from certain medications, notes the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Studies have shown, however, that diet can prevent lymphoma from occurring if the diet is high in fiber, vegetables and fruits, as well as low in meat, dairy products, saturated fats and eggs, according to WebMD.

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