SCIENCE FOR CANCER REHAB

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BMI AND WEIGHT FLUCTUATIONS INCREASE THE RISK OF LYMPHEDEMA!

This study included breast cancer patients only and demonstrates that a higher Body Mass Index (BMI) or a 10lb fluctuation in weight monthly correlates with an increased risk of lympedema.

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SURVIVORS AND PATIENTS WITH CANCER ARE NOT MEETING THE EXERCISE REQUIREMENTS!

Despite studies confirming that exercise is needed, "fewer than 10% of cancer survivors will be active during their primary treatments and only about 20%-30% will be active after they recover from treatments" (Rock et al.). Behavioural change is a lot tougher than we think, it isn't enough for medical professionals to just tell patients what they need to do. Together we will find the barriers, form new habits and create an exercise journey that is meaningful and personalized to you.

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CANCER PATIENTS IN COPENHAGEN ARE FIGHTING PHYSICAL DETERIORATION WITH EXERCISE

This article in The Scientist features many studies and upcoming research in the area of exercise activity and its related ANTI-CANCER pathways.

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GET MOVIN' RIGHT AWAY, BEFORE TREATMENT, IT MATTERS!

This study demonstrated that Prehab (rehab before treatment) reduced the occurrence and severity of postoperative complications after pulmonary lobectomy (Fairuz et al. April 2018). Studies have shown that prehab fitness is related to surgical outcomes and post-operatively patients demonstrate better psychosocial well-being (Myers et al. July 2016)

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EXERCISE AND STEM CELL TRANSPLANTS

Although the parameters need further research, this systematic review/meta-analysis confirms that exercise during hospitalization for patients undergoing allogenic stem cell transplantation can lead to a higher quality of life and less fatigue at discharge.

 
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EARLY INTERVENTION IN REHAB IS KEY!

Although this was a cochrane review specific to breast cancer, the following was found:

"patients benefit from exercise interventions that include more structured instruction and/or supervision when compared to exercise instruction via a pamphlet or no exercise instruction. Of note, larger benefits were found for shoulder [range of motion] and shoulder function outcomes from physical therapy treatment that was introduced in the early weeks following surgery. (McNeely, et al. 2010)

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