The Best Nutrition Guide for Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia

For those in and after CML treatments, a healthy diet is not only beneficial to maintain weight, but also to boost your immune system. In general, we should follow the nutrition guide of CML, according to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, that includes:

  • whole grains and legumes
  • 5 to 10 servings of fruits and vegetables, such as kale, spinach, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage and watercress.
  • low-fat, high-protein foods, such as fish, poultry, lean meats and dairy.

Cruciferous vegetables are really good for the patients’ treatment and recovery, almost for all types of cancers, which are rich in nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and carotenoids.  They can not only make anti-cancer effects, but also help cells against DNA damage and inactivate carcinogens, as well as anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antibacterial effects.

In general, you should well balance those six types foods:
beans, lentils, soy, chicken, turkey, fish, seafood, egg
Fruits & Vegetable:
green vegetable, yellow vegetable, purple vegetable, red vegetable, red fruits, orange fruits, purple fruits, green fruits.
Low Fat Dairy :
cow milk, soy milk, almond milk, cheese, greek yogurt, cottage cheese, kefir.
Whole Grains and Starchy Vegetables:
oats,quinoa , barley, brown rice, corn, potatos, peas, winter squash, 100% whole grain bread.
Nutritious Fats:
olive oil, canola oil, nut butters, avocado, nuts, seeds.
water, tea, coffee(decaf), milk, diluted juice.

Besides, CML treatment may cause side effects, like nausea and mouth sores. If you or your family have these side effects, try the following tips:

  • 4-6 small meals a day;
  • take water, soups, juices and other nutrient-rich liquids to stay dehydrated;
  • add more calories by blending cream and gravy with your meals;
  • choose softer foods or tender foods;
  • try different recipes and experiment with ingredients if treatment has altered your taste.


Those diet tips can be very helpful for you or your family. However, you must consult your doctors with them for safe.

* The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.