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Diets and Food Safety

Seattle Cancer Care Alliance nutritionists have created specific diets for specific needs. The following are diet suggestions and guidelines for patients who are undergoing treatment or have certain conditions. Consult a nutritionist for a more individualized diet for your needs by calling (206) 288-7222.

  • General Oncology Diet Guidelines — 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).
  • Transplant Diet Guidelines — These guidelines, developed for transplant patients by SCCA dieticians, list ‘safe’ and ‘not safe’ foods to reduce your risk of infection and help you eat healthily while your immune function is limited.
  • Guidelines for Herbal & Nutrient Supplements During Transplant —  Herbs and nutritional supplements can affect the effectiveness of your treatment and even cause serious infection in patients receiving high-dose chemotherapy or bone marrow transplants. This guide will help you avoid problems.
  • Osteoporosis Nutrition Guidelines — These guidelines can help reduce loss of bone mineral density and risk of osteoporosis, which is an issue for patients receiving long-term treatment with prednisone or other corticosteroids.
  • Water Safety Guidelines — Follow these tips and check with your local health department and utility to determine if tap water in your community is safe for immunosuppressed people.
  • Food Safety Guidelines — Learn how to avoid foodborne illness, which is especially important while going through cancer treatment. We’ve compiled a list of Food Safety Resources for additional information.
  • Infant Formula Safety Guidelines — Guidelines for caring for infant children and keeping their food safe while they are receiving treatment.
  • Holiday Food Safety — Handy tips for keeping your holiday meals healthy and safe for everyone to enjoy.