ONCOLOGY WELLNESS

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Oncology Wellness is a focus on rebuilding strength and function post Cancer diagnoses.  

Research tells us that exercise is an essential part of healing both the mind and the body during and after cancer treatment.  

By working with a trained professional  to implement resistance training, core strengthening exercises, and cardiovascular training you are likely to have reduced pain, less fatigue, a decreased risk of lymphedema, increased range of motion and less postural deviations.  

While many return to pre-treatment strength and fitness levels by participating in some type of supervised exercise training program, others are able to exceed pre-treatment status, coming out of their journey even stronger, and better equip with knowledge that can help to prevent recurrence. 

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WHY SHOULD I EXERCISE POST CANCER TREATMENT

  • Correction/Improvement of Postural Deviations

  • Replenish energy levels

  • Strengthening the heart and lungs post treatment 

  • Lymphedema prevention

  • Feel better

  • Regain daily function

  • Reduced Pain Levels 

  • Reduced Fatigue

  • Improved Cognition

ONE OF MANY WAYS EXERCISE PLAYS A ROLE IN CANCER PREVENTION

  1. Exercise helps prevent obesity.

  2. Obesity, more specifically belly fat, is an indicator of insulin resistance.

  3. Insulin resistance is a primary risk factor for many cancers.

  4. Insulin resistance means high levels of insulin in the body. These high levels cause sugar in the blood to feed cancer cells and result in aggressive growth.

WHAT DOES THE RESEARCH SAY?

Women who exercised at moderate-intensity 2.5 hours per week, before and after being diagnosed with breast cancer had a 55% lower risk of recurrence & 68% lower risk of death.
Women who started exercising only after breast cancer treatment had a 46% lower risk of recurrence & 43% lower risk of death.

Journal of the National Cancer Institute

The amount of women with Metabolic Syndrome (a large amount of risk factors for heart disease) went from 78% to 15% after completing an exercise program post treatment. 
Meanwhile, in a group receiving similar treatment, but not participating in an exercise program post treatment; the amount of women with Metabolic Syndrome went from 76% to 80%.

Journal of Clinical Oncology

Women who did more moderate to vigorous exercise per day had less fatigue, which allowed them to have better cognitive function

Journal Breast Cancer Research and Treatment

Participants who exercised during treatment had an average of 2 ER visits spending on average $400 out of pocket over a 12 month period, versus the group that was sedentary during treatment averaging 14 ER visits over that same 12 month period and spending on average $22,400 out of pocket. 

Journal of Palliative Care & Medicine

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