• I was told not to eat Sushi on Chemo. Anyone out there eat some and live to tell about it?

    Asked by CrazyHarry on Sunday, February 10, 2013

    I was told not to eat Sushi on Chemo. Anyone out there eat some and live to tell about it?

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    • Peroll's Avatar

      Harry, Part of chemo is designed to disable you imune system so that it does not prevent the rest of chemo from killing the cancer, thus it makes you less able to fight off bacteria that may come in raw foods like sushi. I am sure that there have been people that have eaten sushi during chemo and lived to tell about it but there probably have been a number of people that have ended up in the hospital from eating sushi while on chemo. You need to decide if you are willing to take the risk. I would recommend sticking to cooked fish unil chemo is over. Just tell your sushi buddies that the chemo makes it taste bad. Good Luck and good eating

      over 3 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      When I was first started oral chemo, I would have California rolls, and an occasional taste of spicy tuna rolls. When my oncologist found out, I got the lecture and stopped. Infusion therapy suppressed my system even more.

      over 3 years ago
    • abrub's Avatar

      No sushi, no salad bars, no public buffets. With a compromised immune system, there are certain risks not worth taking. Normally our bodies can fight off these mostly minor invaders. However, during chemo, it is important not to push certain limits. What would be at most a minor illness for healthy people could be quite serious for us.

      over 3 years ago
    • Nomadicme's Avatar

      I believe the no sushi has to do with the possibility if getting a parasite from the raw fish. I've read that most sushi places freeze and thaw the fish we consume (not perfectly fresh), and that this makes the parasite eggs burst. So I guess no worries from that. Also very high end places, which would have super fresh fish, the sushi chefs are top notch and trained to remove parasitic eggs.
      If you don't feel comfortable with raw fish, anything vegetarian (including California rolls) should be fine.
      I always got my lab results before getting chemo, and that told me my white blood cell count, if high enough it's ok to venture out a little. Don't get mani/pedis "out there" as even people with a great immune system have caught nail fungus, which is hard to get rid of.

      over 3 years ago
    • AlizaMLS's Avatar

      Though I'm not going to be having chemotherapy as it was ruled out for me by Oncotype testing, I'm also a Lupus patient, so I'm also immunocompromised and have been told not to eat raw fish (sushi) or steak tartare. People whose immune systems are compromised and eat these things are leaving themselves wide open to a whole array of infections. Giving up these foods as well as unpasteurized Cider (drink only pasteurized [unpasteurized has apples that fall into a field that might be contaminated with feces of various animals]) is sensible under these conditions. There are lots of other great things to eat without these that won't cause you to be hospitalized or kill you!!

      over 3 years ago
    • alivenwell's Avatar

      Can you make your own sushi out of seaweed wraps, japanese rice and japanese vinegar at home? Stuff it with avocado. I'd personally avoid using raw fish in it. I suppose you could cook fish at home and use that instead.

      over 3 years ago

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