Has anyone tried lifemel honey whilst undergoing chemo? Is it any good? It’s suppose to help increase white blood cell count during treatment.
Thinking of getting some for my mum but its quite pricey. Don’t mind paying for it if it works.
I’ve never tried Lifemel honey, but I don’t think there is any food or drink that can help boost white cells. Most hospitals prescribe Filgastrim or Neulasta injections. I had filgastrim, and starting from day 4 of treatment I injected myself for seven days each cycle. I think the Neulasta is only one injection but not sure of this. If you or your mum don’t think you could do the injections, some have arranged for a district nurse to come in and do them instead.
Here is a link the an item in the Guardian Newspaper that might interest you Kat.
Kat, this is from a newspaper article guardian.co.uk/science/blog/2008/aug/12/sexsellsbutfearand
Like Poemsgalore (Kath) says no particular food/drink will boost white blood cell count, as chemo affects these cells in the bone marrow and there’s not much we can do about it. Taking care to avoid picking up an infection when on chemo is the important thing, like keeping away from people who have infections. A patient’s neutrophils can get very low even so, due to the chemo’s effects, which is why the docs do regular blood tests to monitor counts.
I love honey, but I don’t think I’d pay a lot of money for a brand which purports to help cancer patients boost white blood cells, without solid scientific evidence.
Don’t know about Lifemel honey but Manuka honey is supposed to boost immunity so doesn’t help with blood count but can help prevent infections, esp ulcers, sore throats etc
Hi Just wanted to share what happened to me whilst in Hopital after my Mastectomy my blood count went really low they said I was boarderline for a transfusion and wouldn’t let me go home after 8 days I decided to try and boost the white cells by myself using food prior to going into hospital I had made a batch of nettle soup which I had frozen my partner cooked this and brought it in in a flask he also juiced about 10 fresh beetroots which I drank (up until this point I had been trying to eat the horrible hospital food) the next day they checked my bloods prior to them giving me the transfusion and found that my bloods had boosted so much so that I didn’t need the transfusion and I could go home. I believe it was down to eating and drinking the nettles and beetroot. Also agree with Zuzy Manuka honey is excellent xxx hope this helps xxx
Surely a blood transfusion is for red blood cells, not white?
I think a blood transfusion relates to low red blood cell count and resultant anaemia.