Cancer-Related Deconditioning: A Serious Issue to Consider

Cancer and cancer treatments, while potentially life saving cause physical and functional complications for cancer patients. Of all cancer treatment complications, one of the most prevalent is cancer-related deconditioning. As defined by Wikipedia: Deconditioning is the adaptation of an organism to a less demanding environment, or, alternatively, the decrease of physiological adaptation to normal conditions. Deconditioning…

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Exercise as Standard Treatment in Patients With Cancer

Multiple national agencies (eg. The American College of Sports Medicine, American Cancer Society, National Comprehensive Cancer Network and The National Cancer Institute) all now recommend “avoidance of inactivity” for cancer patients.  As of last month, the above agencies, in cooperation with international experts in exercise oncology now recommend specific guidelines and activity recommendations for cancer…

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Fighting Cancer-Related Fatigue With Exercise

FIGHTING CANCER RELATED FATIGUE WITH EXERCISE No longer is a cancer diagnosis a time to stop all physical activity and take it easy.  Quite the opposite.  Current research is recommending that patients undergoing chemotherapy and radiation remain as active as possible.  The benefits of exercise within the general population are well-known. Historically, it has not…

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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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