Diets and Guidelines for Specific Needs
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance nutritionists have created specific diets for specific needs. The following are suggestions and guidelines for patients who are undergoing treatment or have certain conditions. Consult a nutritionist for a more individualized diet for your needs.
These guidelines are for people with decreased immune function, such as those with low white blood cell counts (absolute neutrophil count less than 1,000).
Gastrointestinal graft-versus-host disease can cause nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Protein loss can be high, resulting in the need for a protein-rich diet. Read more about how your nutrition can make you feel better.
When you return home after a transplant, your immune system is still functioning below normal. You may also have increased nutrient needs due to medications or loss of muscle mass. This guide will help you during this important recovery time.
Long-term treatment with prednisone or other corticosteroids can result in loss of bone-mineral density, or osteoporosis. These guidelines can help reduce bone loss.
A document in PDF format for transplant patients regarding their diets during and after transplant.
A guide for people considering taking herbs and nutritional supplements during cancer treatment, in PDF format.