• I am currently under going Chemo treatments. My doctor said not to eat raw fruit or vegetables only boiled. Any Idea Why?

    Asked by Jennew on Sunday, June 24, 2012

    I am currently under going Chemo treatments. My doctor said not to eat raw fruit or vegetables only boiled. Any Idea Why?

    I see lots of people with cancer eat vegetables and fruits. I thought it would be the best nutrition. I miss that. Having a hard time finding things I like to eat?

    17 Answers from the Community

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    • Camarillolaw's Avatar

      I believe the reason is that with chemo your defenses against infections go down. Raw fruits and vegetables carry more chances of infections than boiled, which diminish the risk in the boiling of the fruit or vegetables.

      about 6 years ago
    • Blue's Avatar

      A dr. told me the same thing for pancreatic cancer. I think the raw foods create more a burden for your stomach to digest. My dr. said that milk was bad, but yogurt was good.

      about 6 years ago
    • Kimi1017's Avatar

      Camarillolaw is right. The doc explained to me that raw vegetables may carry parasites and bacteria that may cause digestive problems like amoebiadis since your wbc count is down.

      I could eat raw fruit but they had to be thick-skinned fruit like bananas and pineapples (its harder for micro organisms) to penetrate into the fruit). And any fruit had to be peeled first.

      about 6 years ago
    • judalou's Avatar

      I relied on watermelon ,other melons as well. Fruit popsicles...

      about 6 years ago
    • akiko's Avatar

      Camarillolaw and Kimi1017 are right. I would eat fruits which were protected by skin and only after peeling the skin. I did not eat any sashimi or sushi at all during chemo. Whenever I dine out, I got a serious infection and was hospitalized (twice!!!)

      about 6 years ago
    • Kellieslight's Avatar

      good information, for us all. Thank you kindly!

      about 6 years ago
    • Marbleotis' Avatar
      Marbleotis (Best Answer!)

      I was told the same. I am on chemo #9 of 12 for colon cancer stage 3b. My Onc and also surgeon said no raw fruits or vegtables during this time because the chemo lowers your defenses against bacteria that is found on these fresh items. You may/would be not able to fight off an infection and it could put you in the hospital. I use applesauce in the small containers, fruits in a jar or can (in water not heavy syrup) and frozen veggies. We can bring back all the fresh (organic) fruits and veggies after chemo and when the Onc say so. Best of luck. I would follow this rule as you can get very sick from fresh produce.

      about 6 years ago
    • markmather's Avatar

      Raw fruits and vegetables are very difficult to digest. I think boiling these items also cuts down on the acidity. My stomach had a really tough time digesting nearly everything while I was going through chemo treatments. Your body will let you know when you can go for eating these foods again. It came very soon after chemo was finished. Look forward to those days.

      about 6 years ago
    • Jennew's Avatar

      I thank you all for the answers. I was wondering because every book or article I read said to eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables for better health during chemo? HUH? So when my onc said I can't I was disappointed.
      Many blessings, Jenn

      about 6 years ago
    • Bellamore's Avatar

      what about Juicing raw veggies? Did your oconogist say anthing about that?

      about 6 years ago
    • Jennew's Avatar

      Bellamore ~ All he said was no raw fruits or vegetables? I will ask about juicing. Thanks

      about 6 years ago
    • Sunnydays' Avatar

      I ate plenty of fruits and vegetables during chemo but was very careful about which ones I ate and how they were cleaned and prepared. You can find lists of fruits/veggies that are tough to wash well like strawberries, etc. But others can be peeled or washed very carefully. When I did eat at a restaurant, I usually avoided fresh uncooked veggies/fruits, but one time I asked the waitress to double wash the lettuce and she was happy to do so. I also gave careful instructions to the friends who were making meals for us about peeling and scrubbing all fruits and veggies and which ones to avoid completely. I'm vegetarian so I couldn't avoid these foods. Oh, and when I did go to a potluck, I went first in line and was very selective about what I took (no fresh veggies and fruits) that day. But being first in line helped me avoid other's germs and gave me first pick of the items I felt safer eating. I never got sick, thank goodness. All the best!

      about 6 years ago
    • Bashiemn's Avatar

      I was told this too - but then I was told to just make sure that they are properly washed, so not to eat them unless I knew for sure. So I use a veggie wash on everything here at home and I'm careful with what I eat out. I've never had a problem.

      I've never heard anything about the digestion aspect of it. Maybe it depends on the treatment you are on and the type of cancer you have?

      about 6 years ago
    • blondie's Avatar

      My oncologist told me to eat what I could and make a list of foods that made me sick. My immune system was low to the point that I wore a mask outdoors. I could eat packaged vegetables and salads but they had to be washed first.

      about 6 years ago
    • marilyn55's Avatar

      I am also doing chemo for colorectal cancer like marbleotis, but my oncologists didn't tell me anything about not eating fresh fruits and veggies. Since fresh fruits are a big part of my diet, I will definitely ask about that at my next treatment. Thanks for the info!

      about 6 years ago
    • Mimid's Avatar

      Gerson therapy people, detox and eat healthy, no sugar and animal protein! So many survivors that have done the Gerson method!

      over 3 years ago
    • kekegasnier's Avatar

      my doctors told me I can eat whatever cooked. whatever.

      I basically on my own diet and did not listen to his whatever and everything. many people still consume meat and milk. which I avoid. and the result was fantastic.

      I eat eggs, white eggs mostly. farm.
      I stop eating meat. pork and beef. I was a huge consumer for this.
      I still eat chicken, make it soup or light stirfry.
      seafood. fresh and steamed.
      I still uses oil, coconut or olives.
      I drink 500gr of kale, coarse filter using hurom juicer daily. raw
      1 small beetroot daily. raw
      3carrot juice it with 1 finger of fresh tumeric with fine filter hurom. daily
      1 cup of mixed berries + 4 cubes of spinach + 1 kiwi blended. daily (in the morning)
      I ate at least half pineaple daily. munch it as a snack
      pomegranate half daily.
      2 cups of homemade almond/walnut/hazelnut milk daily.
      1or2cups of unsweeten ginger tea daily

      most importantly for me, I tried hard to exercise. I talked to my organs to hang on and keep on working hard. I promise I wont put them in trouble anymore. I skip excercise during my nadir time, other than that I run, I sweat and I feel so much better after that. I prayed and prayed.

      I do not eat processed food 90%. I do have cheat day once a weak, my chemo is weekly every tuesday, my nadir (down time) is thursday and friday. saturday I am full energy, I choose my cheat day on sunday. I ate 1 belgian waffle.

      I still eat white rice porridge.
      my second chemo. and My ca 125 is normal and all my blood test is clear. my pet scan is clear.

      about 3 years ago

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