Cancer Exercise Program (How to Understand and Train the pre, during and post exercise client!)

Join us in this lecture, were we discussed how to train a client that has had cancer or is going through chemo or radiation therapy for cancer. We talk about physiological and psychological differences in each cancer client, effects of radiation and chemo, special considerations for each type of cancer, cancer-related fatigue and how to deal with it, how to evaluate and assess a fitness program for a new cancer patient. We also discuss the 4 phases of exercise programming for cancer clients.

Cancer is the second leading cause of death worldwide

●  10 million people die from cancer each year

●  1⁄3 of cancer deaths are preventable

●  A recent study found 90% of National Cancer Institute accredited hospitals did not have a link to cancer rehabilitation services

●  Under utilization of rehab could be due to lack of awareness of benefits or overly concentrating on treating the disease without considering patient quality of life and functional challenges.

Cancer survivors can suffer from physiological toxicities affecting the cardiovascular, pulmonary, musculoskeletal, immune, gastrointestinal, and neuroendocrine systems.

Many survivors experience psychological decrements such as increased fatigue, increased depression, and decreased quality of life

Exercise directly attenuates the toxicities and decrements of cancer and its concurrent treatments

Lower risk of recurrences and improved survival compared to those who are inactive

ALL cancer diagnoses can benefit from a cancer exercise program:

● Recentresearchhasoverwhelminglysupportedexercise to treat and prevent the negative physical and psychological side effects of cancer treatment

Goals/Objectives of Cancer Exercise Program

●  Increase quality of life

●  Reduce depression

●  Attenuate cancer related fatigue

●  Improve cardio-respiratory performance

●  Enhance muscular strength and endurance

●  Improve balance, flexibility and mobility

● Also will help patients and clients transition into a healthy and active lifestyle

  • ○  Gain confidence to be active and exercise on their own
  • ○  Introduce different nutritional strategies

Treatment/Exercise Program

  • ●  Can base it on the Phase Program developed by UNCCRI
  • ●  Include 4 components
    • ○  Cardiovascular Exercise
    • ○  Strength Training (all major muscles groups)
    • ○ Balance
    • ○ Flexibility/Mobility
    • ●  All exercise prescriptions set at level based on cancer type, treatment and physical condition.

Psychological aspect of cancer

Motivate individuals not only to survive but thrive

  • ●  Reduce anxiety
  • ●  Improve depression
  • ●  Reduce fatigue
  • ●  Improve quality of life during and after cancer treatment

    Do they have a support system at home?
    Gym can be a community for them – meeting others going through similar experiences

Check out the lecture below for more info!

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