Follicular lymphoma patients may experience treatment side effects, but how can they be minimized? Expert Dr. Sameh Gaballa shares diet and lifestyle advice to help reduce the impact of treatment side effects.
Dr. Sameh Gaballa is a hematologist/oncologist specializing in treating lymphoid malignancies from Moffitt Cancer Center. Learn more about Dr. Gaballa.
We have another question about treatment profiles, “What can I do to reduce side effects during active treatment?”
Dr. Sameh Gaballa:
So it depends on what the treatment that you’re getting. If it’s immune therapy, like rituximab (Rituxan) alone, those typically don’t really have a lot of side effects. I mean, sometimes with the first one or two treatments, you might get an allergic reaction, an infusion allergic reaction, which is very common, but subsequently it shouldn’t really cause a lot of side effects.
dIf the patient is getting chemotherapy, well, it depends on which chemotherapy they’re getting. But in general, it’s always good to stay hydrated and to stay physically active. So if the patient goes in with a healthy body, well-hydrated, you eat fresh fruits and vegetables, walking 30 to 60 minutes a day, your body is going to handle the side effects much better than if you’re going in, you’re very weak, and your general health is not adequate.