Oncology Rehab and Wellness Blog

Exercise Abates Physical Decline During Breast Cancer Tx

By Cheryl Guarna | May 7, 2015

from ONCOLOGY/HEMATOLOGY 05.05.2015 A supervised, moderate to high-intensity exercise program in breast cancer patients helped stave off expected declines in fitness and function during adjuvant chemotherapy and improved treatment tolerance, according to randomized trial results. Patients enrolled in two exercise programs, Onco-Move and OnTrack, saw less decline in cardiorespiratory fitness (P<0.001), better physical functioning (P<0.001), less…

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Celebrating One Year of Blogging About Cancer Rehab!

By Cheryl Guarna | March 15, 2015

Celebrating One Year of Blogging About Cancer Rehab! By Cheryl Guarna, PT, MPT, CLT, STAR/C March 2015 marks one year of our blog! The past 12 months have been an exciting time for our practice as well as for the advancement of awareness of physical therapy services available to cancer patients and survivors.    As…

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PALS-Trained Professionals in Northern Virginia

By Cheryl Guarna | June 4, 2014

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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Breast Cancer & Exercise: The Strong Getting Stronger

By Cheryl Guarna | May 14, 2014

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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The Many Roles of a Cancer Caregiver

By Cheryl Guarna | April 30, 2014

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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Put Spring In Your Walk

By Cheryl Guarna | April 16, 2014

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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How to Find a Qualified Cancer Exercise Trainer

By Cheryl Guarna | April 2, 2014

Cancer treatments can affect the heart, lungs, and regulatory systems (heart rate, blood pressure), the nervous system, and the musculoskeletal system long after treatments are over. Some survivors pursue an exercise program, but unfortunately many do not. Advanced education enables exercise professionals to develop safe exercise programs that are tailored for each survivor’s specialized needs.…

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Finding a Qualified Cancer Rehab Therapist

By Cheryl Guarna | March 26, 2014

As I discussed in last week’s blog, the importance of physical activity during and after cancer treatment is becoming more and more recognized. We now know that cancer treatments, while very effective at saving lives, can also damage organ systems leaving survivors at risk for complications even years after cancer treatment ends. Cancer rehab can…

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