Sunday, January 2, 2011

Exercises Benefits Cancer Patients

Oncologist use to tell their patients suffering from cancer that the best thing is rest. This couldn't be further from the truth. I want you to sit down and really think about how good you feel after you exercise. No matter how bad you feel at the beginning of a workout or how unwilling you were to start the workout at the end you always end up saying "I feel great!" This is the same for cancer patients. Exercise stimulates blood flow, brain activity, lymphatic fluid flushing, positive self thoughts, and about 1000 other things. This is no different for people suffering from cancer.

When I lived in Ottawa, I use to do some work with cancer research for a doctor named Roanne Segal. The research was on breast cancer patients. I am now in a different line of work but Roanne continues her research on exercise and its effects on patients who have been diagnosed with different forms of cancer.

In September of 2010 the Canadian Cancer Society published an article online about her research and how it is linked to positive effects in patients with prostate cancer.

She says that  exercise is “...a non-toxic, inexpensive, easy intervention that doesn’t have to be done in a fancy facility,” she says. “And it’s never too late to start.” She suggests, as do I that that patients have their fitness programs designed and monitored by a health care professional (such as myself).

Dr Segal's work has showed supervised resistance training program 3 times per week. reduces fatigue, increases muscular strength and improves quality of life in men with prostate cancer receiving androgen deprivation therapy. She has also found that even a simple walking regime aided breast cancer patients regardless of the type of treatment they were having. Her research has been published in many journals and articles, the information on the prostate research was most recently published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology in May 2010.

In summary research shows exercise can be one of the forms of best medicine for cancer patients when performed in the right settings and under the proper supervision. Don't be afraid to exercise despite your diagnosis, and if you are looking for a trainer who understands and has experience with what you are going through feel free to contact me, and I can help get you started.

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