Thank you for your post.
It’s understandable you have questions about pernicious anaemia as a result of your cancer treatment.
Pernicious anaemia is a type of vitamin B12 anaemia so making sure your diet has a good intake of Vitamin B12 and Folate is important. In the link above you’ll see that vitamin B12 is found in meat and fish and dairy products and .folate is found in foods such as broccoli, brussel sprouts, asparagus, peas, chickpeas and brown rice. So you might want to look at adding or increasing these in your diet.
You might find it helpful to look at our booklet Diet and Breast Cancer for some general advice on maintaining a healthy balanced diet during breast cancer treatment.
The Living Well with Cancer organisation Penny Brohn also has some useful information about diet and cancer treatment alongside many recipe suggestions.
Macmillan Cancer Support also produce a booklet called The Building Up Diet. Although this is designed for people who are experiencing weight loss it has some good suggestions on how to ensure you are including all the main food groups in your diet. This can help with your overall health after your cancer treatment is finished.
You could also ask your breast cancer team or specialist nurse if you could be referred to a dietician for further information.
Talking to someone who has had a similar experience can be helpful and our Someone Like Me service can arrange for one of our volunteers to talk to you by email or telephone. Our volunteers have had a personal experience of breast cancer and are trained to provide support.
We also offer a range of other free supportive services that you might be interested in. For more details about all of these services, please see the information on the link, or call our free Helpline
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