• I'd love to hear from some Lymphoma patients about what, if any, diet changes you adopted after treatment?

    Asked by laleclair on Monday, September 10, 2012

    I'd love to hear from some Lymphoma patients about what, if any, diet changes you adopted after treatment?

    I'm reading a lot about plant based, vegan diets as a way to prevent and treat illnesses like cancer. What do you think? What have your doctors said? I have diffuse large b cell NHL.

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    • 1Survivor4life's Avatar
      1Survivor4life

      I was a good boy until I hit the five year mark. I then decided to enjoy life and quit living like there is a shoe waiting to drop. I tried new things and enjoyed the simple ones like a great steak and a fresh salad. I eat more fiber and vegetables because I should and not because I had cancer. I don't eat Salsberry steak anymore. Once my favorite and then chemo took that from me. All I can say is bad experince.

      almost 9 years ago
    • debbie1951's Avatar
      debbie1951

      Hello laleclair,
      My diet changed after diagnosis to a nearly vegan diet. Trying to eliminate dairy, except for yogurt. A dietician in the Cancer Transitions Program recommended a diet high in brightly colored fruits and vegetables, lean protein, and limited carbohydrates. No diet sodas or artificial sweeteners. Lots of water and low fat. Only olive oil. Hope this is helpful.

      almost 9 years ago
    • lymphalive2day's Avatar
      lymphalive2day

      I also had primary mediastinal Large diffuse B-Cell lymphoma 12 years ago. I am very interested in nutrition.

      At first, (right after radiation) I consulted a naturopath and went on macrobiotic diet with a lot of sea vegetables. My blood counts returned to normal very quickly and I lost the chemo/steroid "water balloon" I was carrying. I felt very good, but after 4 months was loosing too much muscle mass and felt weaker. It was also very difficult to follow. I added back more animal protein and variety of vegetables and grains. I had been vegetarian/vegan for longer periods of time in my 20's, before I developed the lymphoma.

      I have since discovered I have the antibodies against gluten and have been gluten free for @ 4 years, that has made a great difference. Today (4 years) I am very healthy on a my OSU doctor's recommended neutrogenomic diet of small amounts of fish and grass fed meat, milk and pastured eggs with no gluten and plenty of vegetables and fruits. I avoid plant oils and seeds and I get more of my carbs from potatoes/sweet potatoes/ squash and less from grains, no gluten. I also take fish oil, B complex, Vit D, etc. My doctor, Glen Aukerman, MD, has recently published a book called "Better Health in 120 Days" http://www.woosterbook.com/additional/betterhealth.html. All my inflammatory markers consistently stay low and I don't have the arthritic pain I was troubled with. I can support an active full time job and exercise. I sleep well and have a happy mood. I am very happy with this over time and my health is the best it's ever been, even though I will be 50 next year and survived this massive tumor.

      My heart tests last year were better than expected. (There had been some concern about post radiation cardiomyopathy after the large field of radiation). although I did have some damage after treatment, for the most part my heart muscle and coronary arteries have healed well since my last testing 5 years ago and ejection fraction is up to 65% now. My bone loss, rapid after cancer treatment, has finally stabilized. So I'm still getting good improvement over time on this diet and it is very do-able in the world/family, whereas on a totally plant based diet I had chronic inflammation and generally felt weaker and caught colds more easily.

      over 8 years ago

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