Friday, December 09, 2011

Questioning The Benefits of Exercise for Cancer Patients

As promised yesterday… here is the article from David Haas…

Questioning The Benefits of Exercise for Cancer Patients

Cancer treatments have changed a lot over the decades, and another change is now recommended for all cancer treatment centers. Based off recent studies, cancer specialists have called for physical therapists, trained in creating safe exercise programs for cancer patients, be included in treatment teams. As a result, growing number of personal trainers are receiving certification, and patients are demanding that their doctors and insurance companies make personal fitness part of standard, treatment protocol.

Is Exercise Appropriate During Every Stage of Cancer Treatment?

The simple answer is yes. Every cancer patient should be getting the same amount of exercise suggested for the general public, which is about 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobics a week. Of course, some people with cancer are not fit enough to handle this even when well, and some forms of cancer and treatment may leave the patient unable to move around much. This is where a personal trainer can help out the most. Just as they help design and monitor cardiovascular workouts for heart attack patients, a fitness expert can help ensure even severely ill mesothelioma patients receive the benefits of exercise.

What are the Benefits of Aerobic Exercise for Patients?

The primary benefit to be identified for all patients is increased quality of life. Many of the symptoms of cancer, such as weight change, pain, appetite loss and fatigue, can be moderated or relieved through regular exercise. Following a surgery, exercise is recommended for returning proper blood flow to the effected area and speeding recovery. One of the benefits, discovered directly through clinical trials, is that breast and colon cancer patients increased survival rates and reduced recurrence through the use of exercise.

When is the Best Time to Start a Fitness Program?

As numerous studies and recommendations from national cancer organizations have shown, the best time to start an exercise program is before diagnosis. Lack of exercise is a major risk factor for most types of cancer, and being physically fit makes successful treatment far more possible. In other words, whether you have been just diagnosed, are currently in treatment, or are a cancer survivor, the best time to begin moving toward the 150 minutes of aerobic exercise a week is now.

Though the primary goal is aerobic exercise, this says little about the type. Type of exercise should be determined by your preferences and the suggestions of a trainer working with the treatment team.

David Haas

I do believe in every stage… of course, it has to be appropriate for each individual.  I exercise every week… sometimes 2 or 3 times a week… sometimes only once...and sometimes only a part of my regular workout.  It all depends on how I am feeling.  Over doing it only makes me feel more tired and makes me less functional for the rest of my day or week… So I adjust to how I’m feeling or what I’m capable of… But regardless, exercise is great for everyone who can do some.

Thanks David for taking the time to write this and allow me to post it here…

Until next time....

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Thursday, December 08, 2011

Another Guest Blogger…

Tomorrow I will be posting an article written by David Haas.  David is a cancer patient advocate for the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance. He writes and researches for the betterment of cancer patients around the United States.

David has written an article commenting on the Benefits of Exercise for Cancer Patients… It is only a short article, but a great read… I hope you come back soon to check it out....

Until next time....

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