Diet After Bone Marrow Stem Cell Transplant

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Q: What is the best diet and foods to keep me healthy after a bone marrow and stem cell transplant?

Charles, North Attleboro, Massachusetts 

A: If you have passed the 100-day mark, you no longer have to be as strict with the low-bacteria diet that was previously recommended to you.

Check with your doctor or nurse practitioner to be sure there are no additional dietary restrictions you need to follow. Occasionally these arise if someone has complications post-transplant.

The optimal diet for cancer survivors is a plant-based diet that includes a balance of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids.

Strive for 5 to 10 servings of fruits and vegetables each day (a serving is 1/2 cup for most fruits and veggies and 1 cup for leafy greens, melon, and berries).

Be sure to eat at least 3 meals a day, and include walking and other forms of physical activity in your daily life.

For more tips on making nutrient-packed, healthful meals, see our Optimal Diet Plan and recipe archive.

We also recommend making an appointment with a Registered Dietitian, who can make a personalized assessment of your diet and symptoms and create a meal plan that will be the most helpful long-term option for you.

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