by Catherine Gross on February 21st, 2013

When is it okay for a cancer patient to have a massage?  There is growing recognition that massages are beneficial for any patient as long as certain guidelines are followed by trained professionals.  

I was just reading in  Is Massage Therapy Safe for People Living with Cancer?  "....The cornerstone of our profession is to First Do No Harm. Therefore, it is very important to work with a therapist who has been well trained to understand the long term effects of cancer and its treatments. Without this understanding and knowledge, a well-meaning therapist could potentially do more harm than good.  While massage was once considered taboo for someone with cancer, that is no longer the case. With a deeper understanding of how cancer forms and spreads though the body, we are now confident that skilled, gentle massage poses no more risk of spreading cancer than normal daily activities such as showering, hugging or exercising. And since these activities are encouraged for cancer patients, we can be confident that massage does not spread cancer.   Some of our country's finest hospitals and cancer centers (M.D. Anderson, Memorial Sloan Kettering, Beth Isreal Deaconess, Beaumont Hospital, St. Anne Cancer Center, Virginia Hospital Center, just to name a few) now offer regular massage as part of a comprehensive treatment plan for their patients." 

As this article notes, major cancer centers offer massages as part of their treatment plan for patients.  Another option is to experience  a somatic approach which generally uses a light touch or moves whole body parts rather than working  deeply with tissue.  Engaging in careful dialogue with each person helps the somatic movement practitioner to select which strategy is most appropriate.  A large percentage of Moving for Life Instructors are also trained as Dynamic Embodiment practitioners - an approved form of Somatic Movement Education & Therapy. 

by Dr Martha Eddy, CMA, RSMT on February 8th, 2013

Did you know that FATIGUE is the number one side-effect to cancer treatment?  Chemotherapy and radiation, surgery and anesthesia all take their toll on the body and cause tiredness. It is important to rest AND it takes active workouts to help the cells get strong and efficient again. The type of workout must be AEROBIC - on going steady movement.  The founders of  Moving For Life - Dr. Alison Rosen and I agreed back in 1999 that aerobic training would be the center point of Moving On.   Between 2005 - 2012 multiple studies have shown that aerobic work-outs are linked to longevity and the reduction of recurrence of cancer.  MFL IS rhythmic movement to music carefully selected by our partner Jan Albert, video producer and DJ. Between the movement and the music Moving For Life is health-giving and fun. Aretha Franklin says it call in Rock Steady - one of our classic songs.  Thank you Aretha for donating your music rights to our DVD that is coming out in April.    

Moving For Life was first called Moving On AEROBICS to emphasize the need for more than stretching and relaxation.    Moving For Life combines aerobic dance, conscious movement, quiet stretching, deep relaxation, fun interaction, lymphatic drainage, and restful pacing to  Move on From Cancer.® Let us know if you're interested in pre-ordering our DVD.  
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by Moving For Life Blog on January 16th, 2013

"But doctor, I'm forgetting things all the time!"  Many patients express frustration that their doctors don't acknowledge the cognitive effects of chemotherapy. These are referred to as "chemobrain" to describe a cluster of felt side-effects of chemotherapy specific to mental functioning.  The term chemobrain is now used by some in the medical profession and has been especially picked up by the media because it's catchy. Symptoms include the phenomena of poor concentration, loss of word retention, fuzzy thinking, and general inability to process those tasks which were taken for granted before treatment.  Not everyone likes the term especially because its not always clear that the chemotherapy is the only cause of mental fog during the cancer experience.  Cancer is stressful and this stress alone may be causative of forgetfulness and slow processing.  We are all aging and that can be related to mental fatigue, as can sleep deprivation.  According to the latest research, it is not yet known what causes "chemobrain" or more specifically, cancer-related cognitive impairments.  

What is important is that physicians are recognizing that persisting mental dysfunction symptoms  are "real" and need studying in order to help alleviate them.   Studies underway "combine neuropsychological testing with brain imaging and molecular analyses to get a handle on what had previously been seen as an indescribable phenomena." (JNCI, 01/29/2008).   There are treatments now being recommended for the cognitive stress by physicians working with cancer patients. 

Read a post from Gilmore Medical Center describing symptoms and suggestions for alleviating them.

How have you experienced cognitive stress or dysfunction?  Do you identify with the term "chemobrain?"  Is there a term you prefer?    How has your life been affected?  What advice or care have you received from your physician? We'd love to dialogue about it with you. 

by Moving For Life Blog on January 13th, 2013

We celebrate often and invite you to join us in 2013!  Enjoy!  

And, we'd love to hear what you enjoy most about our blog.
 What topics would you like us to discuss?  
We have a great team of researchers and activists who have been touched by the cancer journey and believe in the power of movement, especially outdoors, to heal waiting to hear from you. 


by Nancy Bruning, MPH on November 3rd, 2012

We are all pretty clear that physical activity is good for us, whether we are preventing or managing cancer—or any other chronic disease. And if you’ve been reading this blog, you know that being in nature is also a health plus. If you have any doubts that the environment in which you exercise can make a difference, listen to this: Recently, a team of scientists collected and summarized what we know about how access to parks, trails, open spaces, and recreational facilities can help improve our health, including our weight. The lead author of the article “Let’s Go to the Park Today: The Role of Parks in Obesity Prevention and Improving the Public’s Health” is Heidi M. Blanck, Ph.D, who is with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
 
Let’s see if any of these health benefits might be of interest to a woman undergoing breast cancer treatment.
 
Here’s an excerpt:
 
“Spending time in nature has been linked to several health benefits, including reduction in attentional fatigue, and … running in a park fostered more psychological restoration than did running in an urban environment. Walking in a natural setting has also been shown to alleviate symptoms of mental fatigue more than walking in an urban environment. Nearby nature has been shown to enhance children’s psychological health, and other data suggest that the presence of nearby nature buffers the impact of life stress on rural children and enhances self-worth. Green outdoor activities and greener play areas have also been shown to attenuate attention deficit disorder symptoms and improve concentration."
 
Hmmm ... let’s see …
  • mental fatigue 
  • psychological restoration
  • stress buffer 
  • enhances self-worth 
  • improves concentration

Sounds pretty good.
 
And yet, when was the last time anyone on your health care team suggest a walk in a park or garden, or along a trail?
 
Further, the authors write that, 
 
“Preliminary evidence also suggests that using parks, playgrounds, and recreation centers may lead to other healthy lifestyle choices, such as using modes of active transportation—like biking or walking to a park location." That's the cherry on top: walking or biking to a park counts! 
 
So, if you’ve been trying to be more active, but somehow haven’t found anything appealing to you, or nothing seems to fit into your schedule, don’t beat yourself up about it. Maybe you just haven’t found the right thing. Consider switching to something outdoors. It doesn’t have to be fancy; just a walk, perhaps with a friend or two, and why not add some feel-good stretches?
 
The article was published in CHILDHOOD OBESITY, October 2012, Volume 8, Number 5. Here’s a link to the abstract: http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/abs/10.1089/chi.2012.0085.blan
 (Unfortunately, you need to pay a fee to obtain the whole article.) 

Note: Check with your health care provider for any caveats to being in nature; for example, you might be taking medication that makes you more sensitive to the sun. And, if you don't feel quite up to venturing out-of-doors, you can create a resonable facsimle by surrounding yourself with plants and other natural objects in your home or office.

Nancy Bruning is a personal trainer and group fitness leader, author of 26 books on health and fitness, with a master’s degree in public health. She has discovered the double benefits of exercising while outdoors and created Nancercize to help others get double benefits too. Her most recent book is "Nancercize: 101 Things to Do on a Park Bench." To see a free video of outdoor exercises and find out more, visit www.Nancercize.net and www.facebook.com/nancercize.

by Moving For Life Blog on October 22nd, 2012

Avoiding the movements that cause joint pain will not make it go away. In fact, restricting movement will have the opposite effect, according to an article in the October 4th issue of Harvard’s HealthBeat newsletter. The Harvard clinicians explain that exercises that strengthen muscles and improve flexibility around the affected joint will reduce pain and facilitate mobility.  

The authors note that the right set of exercises practiced regularly can help people postpone or avoid surgery and return to fun activities they once avoided because of the pain. Weight reduction, when needed, also goes a long way to reducing joint pain. The Harvard clinicians advocate modest reductions in food intake combined with modest increases in exercise.

Moving For Life Certified Instructors can guide you through understanding your joint alignment and help you feel better.

by Moving For Life Blog on September 21st, 2012

Sometime ago, the New York Times put a call out for people to send photos and talk about their life after cancer. I liked the idea of presenting the positive side, and of highlighting the role of physical activity in my new life. So, I was one of the contributors. For a long time, this material lived online only.  Finally, they are publishing a book that will be available in October at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.  (I and my Indian ladies are in the second to last row, third from the left.) 
 
Here's the photo, by Aliza Holtz, one of the long-time members of my free Nancercize fitness classes in Fort Tryon Park.
Nancy Bruning is a personal trainer and group fitness leader, author of 26 books on health and fitness, with a master’s degree in public health. She has discovered the double benefits of exercising while outdoors and created Nancercize to help others get double benefits too. Her most recent book is "Nancercize: 101 Things to Do on a Park Bench." To see a free video of outdoor exercises and find out more, visit www.Nancercize.net and join the outdoor exercise movement at www.facebook.com/nancercize.

by Moving For Life Blog on September 7th, 2012

“The very most important thing you can do to stay healthy during treatment and prevent recurrence is to engage in exercise such as brisk walking everyday. Exercise is absolutely crucial… All major cancer organizations recommend physical activity after diagnosis and throughout survivorship.”
 --Barrie Cassileth      
 
I recently had the pleasure of discovering a video of Dr. Barrie R. Cassileth, MS, PhD, Chief of Integrative Medicine Services at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.
 
Dr. Cassileth has been a voice of reason for decades, and I quoted her in my book, “Coping with Chemotherapy” over 20 years ago. Since that quote, our knowledge about the usefulness of complementary therapies has been piling up.
 
So, I was quite interested to see what Dr. Cassileth has to say today.  The title of her talk is
“Staying Strong and Healthy with Integrative Medicine: Complementary Therapies in Cancer Care.”
 
In the video Dr. Cassileth talks about complementary therapies including exercise, and how they can “control physical and emotional symptoms and improve quality of life and to speed recovery from illness and to sustain a healthy survivorship.”  One of the things she says that I really like is that patients, family members, care givers, and staff can also experience fallout from cancer treatment, and these therapies can help them as well. Happily, she is strong advocate of physical activity.
 
She explains that complementary therapies are used along with mainstream care.  She says that they do not treat disease—they treat symptoms and side effects of mainstream treatment. She takes us through each of these main categories:
 
  • Massage Therapies—reduces pain, fatigue, nausea, depression and more by 50% and this lasted at least for 48 hours.
  • Mind-Body Therapies—calm the body and the mind, and help with breathing.
  • Music Therapy—reduces distress, anxiety.
  • Acupuncture—can relieve many side effects and symptoms.
  • Fitness (physical activity)—many quality of life benefits and actually can extend life after cancer diagnosis.
  • Diet and Nutrition—Eat food, not too much, mostly plants. Don’t eat anything your great grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.
  • Herbs and other Dietary Supplements—need to be used carefully. 
  • What she says about physical activity is startling and heartening:  “Among all integrative medicine therapies, exercise is the one that actually has a survival advantage… by up to 60%.” That means people who exercise after a diagnosis of cancer live longer than those who don’t exercise. And, she points out, It does lots of other good things too.
 
Fortunately, studies show that it’s not necessary to go to a gym and work out for hours and become a body-builder.  “We’re talking about walking briskly for 20minutes a day,” Dr. Cassileth assures us, but reminds us this does not mean just sauntering through a mall—it must be brisk.
 
Walking accessible to almost everyone, but remember that taking a Moving for Life class is like 20 minutes of brisk walking with friends to great music.  So whether you're undergoing cancer treatment, or done with treatment, or are taking care of someone who is, get up, get walking, and get dancing--and why not do it together?
 
To view the video: 
http://www.mskcc.org/videos/playlist/common-questions-and-answers-use-complementary-therapies-care 
Stick around for the Q & A video that follows, too.
 
Contact Dr. Cassileth’s assistant at RosadoS@mskaa.org
 
Nancy Bruning is a personal trainer and group fitness leader, author of 26 books on health and fitness, with a master’s degree in public health. She has discovered the double benefits of exercising while outdoors and created Nancercize to help others get double benefits too. Her most recent book is "Nancercize: 101 Things to Do on a Park Bench." To see a free video of outdoor exercises and find out more, visit www.Nancercize.net and join the outdoor exercise movement at www.facebook.com/nancercize.

by Moving For Life Blog on August 20th, 2012

I've been a personal trainer and group exercise instructor for almost a decade.  And the decade before that, I was the typical "gym rat"--taking aerobics classes and working out with weights almost everyday. Today, when I'm not dancing, I'm all about moving outdoors in nature, and taking my clients with me. I’d rather notice the seasons changing and feel connected to my environment—even in the winter, even if it’s only for an hour—than be shut up in the noise and artificial air and light of most health clubs.

Biophilia-Love of Nature
Apparently I’m not alone. Evolutionary psychologists tell us that all humans are subconsciously drawn to nature because of our biology. This love of life and living systems has been dubbed “biophilia” and in 1984, American biologist Edward O. Wilson published a book about it. Although science has not yet fully explained this connection, it is apparently very deep and cutrs across cultures.

So, now you see why we prefer natural surroundings for vacation spots and why we pay premium prices for homes, hotels, and restaurants with a view. On a practical level, evidence has been piling up for decades that merely being in natural areas such as forests, parks, gardens and beaches restores our bodies and minds. Nature can even help us recover faster from illness and surgery. For example, people whose hospital rooms had windows offering a view of trees and grass recovered better and faster than those in rooms with a view of only buildings or a brick wall. Nature scenes or sounds have helped people control pain, de-stress, and escape. Compared with a walk on city streets, walking in parks improved scores on memory tests. What’s so astounding is that it took very little nature to show this difference—even small parks in urban areas, a potted plant or images of natural scenes had a soothing, health-inducing effect.

This potential for better mental health and ability crosses all ages. Richard Louv, in his book “Last Child in the Woods” coined the term “nature-deficit disorder” to describe what happens to kids who spend too little time in nature; studies have linked nature with improvements in attention-deficit disorder and outdoor play with academic improvement. In "The Nature Prescription," his book for adults, he refers to a mind/body/nature connection (“vitamin N”) that enhances physical and mental health. Another recent book, "Your Brain on Nature" provides all we know as about the beneficial effects of nature specifically on cognition, stress, and mood.

Green Exercise
Imagine what might happen if you combine physical activity with being outdoors! Well, researchers are doing just that. A team of American, Canadian, and German researchers found that compared with exercising indoors, “exercising in natural environments is associated with greater feelings of revitalization and positive engagement, decreases in tension, confusion, anger, and depression, and increased energy.”  They found that exercising outdoors gives us a positive outlook and more vitality—which helps us cope better with all sorts of stressors, including viruses! A study from England suggests that as little as five minutes of exercising in nature is enough to improve self-esteem and other indicators of positive mental health. Is it any wonder that more and more scientists propose that exposure to nature is just as important for our health as exercise and healthy eating?

All natural areas, including urban parks, are considered to be beneficial and green areas, and those with pools, streams, lakes, ponds, rivers or ocean water are even more effective. In fact, we like nature so much that it seems we’re more likely to show up for exercise when it’s available outdoors, and we’re more likely to return for more. A series of studies recently found that people expect that being outdoors will be more revitalizing than being indoors.

So, whether you’re frazzled by life and need some soothing and calming, or whether your tapped out and need some mental and physical revitalizing, nature rocks! For people experiencing cancer and its treatment--and for those taking care of them--getting your “nature fix” while you get your “fitness” fix is the best kind of multi-tasking.

Note: Check with your health care provider for any caveats to being in nature; for example, you might be taking medication that makes you more sensitive to the sun. And, if you don't feel quite up to venturing out-of-doors, you can create a resonable facsimle by surrounding yourself with plants and other natural objects in your home or office.

Nancy Bruning is a personal trainer and group fitness leader, author of 26 books on health and fitness, with a master’s degree in public health. She has discovered the double benefits of exercising while outdoors and created Nancercize to help others get double benefits too. Her most recent book is "Nancercize: 101 Things to Do on a Park Bench." To see a free video of outdoor exercises and find out more, visit www.Nancercize.net and www.facebook.com/nancercize.

by Moving For Life Blog on August 8th, 2012

Check out this moving article copied below for the New York Times Health Blog
By SULEIKA JAOUAD
It was the annual fund-raising event for the Hope Lodge, my temporary home after a bone marrow transplant. The host asked all the survivors to step forward from the crowd. I froze. I didn’t know if that word applied to me. What does it mean to be a survivor? I certainly didn’t feel like one. Not yet, anyway.

The first time anyone used the word “survivor” in reference to me, I had just been admitted to the bone marrow transplant unit of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. A nurse came into my hospital room to review the transplant calendar with me. The transplant had been looming on the horizon ever since my diagnosis with leukemia in May 2011. The nurse briefed me on the sequence of events: intensive chemotherapy, followed by the transplant, and then a four- to six-week hospitalization. I noticed something on the calendar that I hadn’t seen before.


“What’s that?” I asked her, pointing to a meeting scheduled for three months out. The box on the calendar was marked “Survivorship Meeting.” She explained that it was an orientation for patients navigating the world after a transplant. At first, I felt uncomfortable and then a little angry to see that the meeting was planned for three months away. It may as well have been set for 2015. It was hard to imagine ever getting there. As I tried to prepare for a life-threatening transplant to treat my life-threatening disease, I wondered if I would survive to attend the survivorship meeting.
In the cancer world, the term “survivor” is as ubiquitous as it is hard to define. Some cancer patients I’ve talked to feel that it’s too much territory to cover for a single word — every cancer patient has a different diagnosis, a different prognosis.

“I loathe the term,” a Twitter acquaintance wrote to me. It’s either exclusionary or overly broad. So I don’t define it, I avoid it.”

A lot of cancer patients I know maintain that you become a survivor the day you are handed a cancer diagnosis. As one friend put it bluntly, “A cancer survivor would be someone who a) has cancer and b) is not dead.” And still others define survivorship as crossing the finish line to remission or a cure.

While I wasn’t opposed to the word itself, calling myself a survivor before knowing if the transplant had been successful felt like I was prematurely declaring this mission accomplished. I even felt a little bit superstitious about it. The word “survivor” felt like a grown-up word — more fitting for people who had lived with cancer longer than I had, or who had made it through a big operation or milestone in their treatment. Sitting with my nurse in the hospital room, one week before my transplant, the survivorship meeting stood alone on the calendar, surrounded by empty white boxes.

Almost three months later, on a balmy June evening at the Hope Lodge, a halfway house sponsored by the American Cancer Society in Midtown Manhattan, I was standing in a group of fellow cancer patients and the host was calling all survivors to the stage. The night was a celebration of Relay for Life, the society’s big annual fund-raising event. It was more crowded than I’d ever seen the place. The sixth-floor common area, usually the low-key meeting place for Zen meditation sessions or cooking classes for Hope Lodge residents, had been transformed into a party hall. The expansive room was teeming with well-wishers and fellow cancer patients, families and volunteers. There were tables of catered food, balloons and streamers, and music that was a little too loud. A former “Iron Chef” contestant with bleach-blond hair was grilling hamburgers out on the terrace.

Volunteers passed out purple T-shirts to the people making their way to the stage — each shirt had the word “Survivor” in bold lettering across the back. I turned to my friend Chris, my hallmate at the Hope Lodge. He was already a few steps ahead as I stood where I was. “Come on,” he said, “that means us.” Chris learned that he had incurable brain cancer seven years ago. Although he will never go into remission, he considers himself a survivor. “One day at a time,” he tells me.

It was time for the main event of the night — the Survivors’ Lap. The crowd of purple shirts set out along a makeshift pathway lined on each side with luminarias, candles dedicated to cancer patients. Along the pathway, people cheered us on, cameras in hand. There were a lot of tears, some through smiles. For the first time since my diagnosis, I felt a sense of elation and accomplishment as I reflected on all that I had survived in the past year — all that we, as a community, had made it through.

Today, it’s been 92 days since my transplant. While my doctors say that my recovery from the transplant is going as well as can be, the threat of relapse is never far from my mind. In two weeks I will return to the hospital for the survivorship meeting. I’m still anxious about calling myself a “survivor,” but I’m unbelievably grateful to have survived my transplant. I’m still here. And that means I can continue to figure out what surviving means to me.

Suleika Jaouad (pronounced su-LAKE-uh ja-WAD) is a 23-year-old writer from Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Her column, “Life, Interrupted,” chronicling her experiences as a young adult with cancer, appears weekly on Well. Follow @suleikajaouad on Twitter.

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The official definition of cancer survivor used by the National Cancer Institute's Office of
Survivorship (2004) is the following: "an individual is considered a cancer survivor
from the time of diagnosis through the balance of his or her life.
"

For many cancer patients, and those post-treatment, the term "survivor" brings many questions to mind.  What does surviving cancer mean to you?  How is cancer different from other life-threatening illnesses? Does the term survivor affect the way that you think about having had cancer?   How do you move beyond cancer? 

Catherine Gross
Instructor, Moving for Life






by Moving For Life Blog on July 19th, 2012

image from Focus on Recovery

Across the board, the healing power of movement is being recognized for its impact on cancer recovery.

Moving For Life has been ahead of the curve-- we've been doing this for 12 years! However, while most people know that exercise is good for you, there are particular types of movements that are especially helpful or cancer recovery. For example:

• Aerobic exercise-- things that get your heart rate up, help reduce fatigue and increase circulation.
• Rhythmically expanding and contracting the entire body -- helps circulate lymph and reduce swelling.
• Safe stretching -- Helps restore range of motion post surgery.

12 years ago we created a program that focuses on the most helpful movements for cancer and now these specific types of exercise are showing up in recommendations everywhere. You can check out some of the most official guidelines on exercise for cancer recovery here: http://www.cancer.gov/ncicancerbulletin/062910/page5

If you want an easy way to do the best exercises for cancer recovery, check out our FREE classes. Expert program designer Dr. Martha Eddy, specially tailored Moving For Life for those affected by cancer (originally to benefit a close friend with breast cancer). In addition, our highly trained teachers with 15+ years of experience always give personal instruction and adapt the program to fit the needs of each student.



by Moving For Life Blog on June 12th, 2012

Check out this great tip sheet from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center given during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Tip Number four is: Get MOVING!

4.Get moving. If you pick one healthy thing to change in your life, physical activity is likely to make the fastest change in how you feel and also potentially reduce your cancer-related risks. Make opportunities to walk or take stairs. Find an exercise program to join to get you started if it’s just too hard to do alone. Check your local YMCA for a LIVESTRONG exercise program near where you live. [Additional information about exercising to prevent recurrence and improve survival is available on NCCN.com.]

If you're looking for a safe, guided program to help you get moving again, come check out Moving For Life'sTM Free doctor endorsed classes.

*These tips are provided by Karen Syrjala, PhD, director of Biobehavioral Sciences and co-director of the SurvivorshipIn cancer, survivorship covers the physical, psychosocial, and economic issues of cancer, from diagnosis until the end of life. It includes issues related to the ability to get health care and follow-up treatment, late effects of treatment, second cancers, and quality of life.  Program at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

by Moving For Life Blog on June 6th, 2012

Image Credit: Anne Francey via NYT blog
The New York Times blog recently featured a great article about the power of music.

Music can have a transformative and inspiring affect and is a very important part of MFL classes. As one observer of put it:

“The class was great the instructor was great, she has music--the right music. The CBS crew and I, we just watched it, it really grabbed us."

--Associate Director of Public Affairs at Continuum Health Partners (who observed class at the JCC while CBS was filming)

What is the right music?

Music that makes you remember? Makes you move? Rejoice? That uplifts you? Transports you? Makes you lose yourself?

My favorite songs remind me think of the past, get me excited about the future and ground me in the sensation of the present—they change my experience of myself and time. I think a lot of Moving For Life songs do the same thing?

What does the right music do for you?  What music do you want to hear while dancing?

Comment and let us know!

by Moving For Life Blog on June 1st, 2012

The medical community is paying more attention to improving life after cancer.

One recent study found that," fatigue, sexual dysfunction and sleep issues..." were the most common issues reported by thsoe living beyond cancer. As mentoined in a Wall Street Journal article (see below) "It used to be a feat to simply survive with breast cancer. Now, as more breast-cancer patients survive for many more years, their quality of life is of growing concern.”
Safe aerobic exercise programs, like Moving For Life's classes, have been shown to imrpove quility of life by positively reducing cancer symptoms like fatigue and sleep issues.

Below is a brief summary of a survey of 1,043 breast-cancer patients conducted by the Cancer Support Community with funding from Susan Komen for the Cure.

"Nearly 90% of respondents said they had at least one physical, psychological or social problem that was moderate to severe. Mentioned most frequently were fatigue, sexual dysfunction and sleep issues. What's more, 24% of those surveyed (almost all women, with an average age of 55 and averaging 5.6 years since diagnosis) reported being depressed—about twice the national rate. It used to be a feat to simply survive with breast cancer. Now, as more breast-cancer patients survive for many more years, their quality of life is of growing concern. The survey also highlighted the need to give survivors better guidance for the years ahead. Only 10% of respondents had received a "survivorship care plan" summarizing what past tests and treatments they had, what side effects to expect, what lifestyle changes to make and where to obtain follow-up care—even though 96% said they wanted one. " (The New Front on Breast Cancer:  After Treatment Ends, Wall Street Journal, October 2011. This article came through the Share website)

by Moving For Life Blog on June 1st, 2012

Ben Welsh/Getty Images

From the New York Times:

"Can going for a walk improve cancer survivors’ long-term prognosis? It may, according to new research showing that exercise can lower survivors’ risk of premature death, not only from cancer but from any cause. The findings are likely to resonate widely at a time when about 14 million Americans, and many more worldwide, have survived cancer."

The Article goes on to say that in 56 studies, despite a wide variety of methodologies being used, every study found that exercise correlated with better health outcomes: 

"As it turned out, virtually all of the studies, whatever their methodology, showed that regular physical activity “decreased the risk of cancer-related mortality and of all-cause mortality,” Dr. Ballard-Barbash said."

To learn more, read the article.

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by Moving For Life Blog on June 1st, 2012

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