Nutrition therapy for myelodysplastic syndrome and aplastic anemia

aplastic anemia myelodysplastic syndrome While diet has been associated with some cancers as a potential trigger, this is not the case with myelodysplastic syndrome, or MDS, and aplastic anemia. However, a balanced diet is important to maintaining health and well-being and this is especially vital during treatment. By giving your body the fuel it needs, you can help to minimize treatment side-effects and fatigue.

Follow the steps outlined below to maximize your health before, during and after treatment.

Try to eat enough food to maintain your weight during treatment and don’t be surprised if the amount of food you need is increased. If nausea or diarrhea hit you during treatment, eating smaller, more frequent meals that are lower in fiber to ease digestion. Discuss taking a general multivitamin with minerals with your oncologist or dietitian, to ensure you are meeting all your nutrient needs. If you are not having any side effects, eat a variety of minimally processed foods that focus on non-starchy vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and lean proteins. Try to include non-meat alternatives on occasion such as beans and nuts. Limit sugary beverages and focus on water for hydration instead. Continue reading

Who gets myelodysplastic syndrome or MDS?

preleukemia woman“What is that?”  This is the question many patients and family members will ask when they learn they or a loved one has received a diagnosis of myelodysplastic syndrome.

Myelodysplastic  syndrome, or MDS as it is commonly referred to, is actually a group of conditions that affect the blood-forming cells in the bone marrow. It is sometimes called the “bone marrow failure disorder” or preleukemia. About 30% of patients with MDS will develop a form of leukemia known as acute myeloid leukemia, or AML. Continue reading