During your recovery you’ll be dealing with side effects that can affect your eating and drinking. Looking after yourself through your diet and keeping active can be an important part of dealing with these side effects.
During your stem cell transplant and the recovery stage, your body needs more nutrients to rebuild and repair cells and tissue, and to develop new ones.
You might also need to make some changes to your diet during your recovery, depending on whether you have any of the symptoms described above. We’ve suggested some basic tips, but speak to a dietitian for more detailed advice.
You should also follow any guidelines your hospital has given you when choosing your food.
‘After transplant, food certainly didn’t taste the same and I went off a few foods that I loved before treatment, particularly chocolate! Thankfully my taste returned to normal some time ago.’
Steve had a transplant in 2013
Read our blog from dietitian Nicola, about managing your diet after a stem cell transplant.
Find out more about diet and healthy lifestyle during your longer term recovery.
Many foods contain small amounts of bacteria and fungi –normally, this isn’t a problem. But as your immune system is recovering after a transplant, you’ll be more vulnerable to infections, so your transplant team may advise you to continue following food safety advice in the early stages of recovery. Your hospital should give you more specific information about this diet.
In general, make sure that your food is well cooked, stored properly and that you’re following food hygiene practices. For more information, read Bloodwise’s booklet, 'Dietary Advice for Patients with Neutropenia'.