Archive for 2014

Cancer-Related Deconditioning: A Serious Issue to Consider

In my last blog, “Cancer Rehab Assessments Minimize Complications After Cancer Treatments”, I presented an overview of the possible complications of cancer and its treatments. As promised, we will now break it down by each complication and discuss how exercise and cancer rehabilitation may be able to help. Of all cancer treatment complications, one of…

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Cancer Rehab Assessments Minimize Complications After Treatments

Throughout a person’s cancer experience, it is critical to maintain the things in life that are important to you – energy, activity level, relationships. In fact, research shows that an active lifestyle that includes exercise can actually enhance your body’s recovery and contribute to a better quality of life during and after cancer treatment. Life…

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PALS-Trained Professionals in Northern Virginia

Oncology Rehab and Wellness Resources is the only clinic in the region with PALS-trained professionals. Read on to learn about this groundbreaking breast cancer exercise training program and the clinical trial that started it all.  Breast-cancer survivors are at risk of developing a condition called lymphedema, which causes swelling of the arm or other areas…

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Exercising Safely After Breast Cancer Treatment: How to Get Started

I’m not usually one who says things like, “it takes a special person to do so and so,” but breast cancer survivors are special people. I’ve found that working with survivors challenges me and makes me want to go to work every day! We all know that exercise is good for us. We all know…

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Breast Cancer & Exercise: The Strong Getting Stronger

Breast cancer, its treatments, reconstruction surgery, and recovery bring with them many physical and psychosocial challenges. While there may be certain exercises you’ll need to avoid during certain times in your treatment and recovery (running, high impact aerobics, etc.), under the guidance of trained breast cancer rehab and/or exercise specialist, exercise is recommended by many…

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Creating Better Systems for Cancer Rehab Care Coordination

The more I talk to cancer survivors and hear their stories, the more I believe the it is imperative we put in place guidelines for increasing cancer rehab referrals and improving care coordination. Survivors tell me that it is a huge burden to attend the multitude of appointment and tests associated with cancer treatment. Adding…

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The Many Roles of a Cancer Caregiver

Being the primary caregiver for someone diagnosed with cancer is not for the faint of heart. It takes physical, financial and emotional stamina. You’ll be a cook, researcher, driver, nurse, organizer, sometimes cancer expert, support system, cheerleader, multi-tasker and more. It’s likely that your role will shift and change often depending on the ever-changing needs…

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Cancer Rehab: An Underutilized Aspect of Cancer Care

In 2005, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. Luckily, the cancer was diagnosed in the early stages, and she underwent a mastectomy of the affected breast followed by radiation of the surrounding tissue. The treatment was considered successful, and she remains cancer-free today. This being said, however, the disease and its treatments had other…

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Put Spring In Your Walk

Walking in the spring season is one of my favorite exercises. Yes! Walking is an exercise. Walking for even a few minutes every day provides many benefits. Keep it simple With a buddy or alone Around the block Live in your outdoor surroundings Walking strengthens your heart – Regular walking has been shown to reduce…

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Cancer Rehab is Not One Size Fits All

In the past few weeks, I’ve talked about cancer rehab in general, various cancer certifications to look for, and I provided some tools to help you find qualified cancer rehab and fitness professionals. This is all important, if pragmatic, information. But now I want to share the more personal issues surrounding my decision to open…

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