Janet Rubin was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009 and soon after underwent a bilateral mastectomy. She then had TRAM flap reconstruction, where the surgeon used a section of her skin, fat and abdominal muscle to reconstruct her breasts. While she was recovering from the second surgery, “everything hurt,” Rubin said. It was “like being hit by a bus.” But instead of remaining sedentary, Rubin chose to exercise. At first, Rubin, who lives in Short Hills, N.J., could only walk
Chemotherapy can have an enormous impact on the cancer survivor’s body and mind because of the side effects. After chemotherapy, cancer patients usually need to learn how to regain strength, and improve balance, posture, and flexibility. These fitness goals are realistic and worth working towards. Reasons for regaining fitness after chemo Decrease stress, depression, and anxiety Decrease muscle and joint pain and stiffness Increase range of motion Weight control Everyone has
While going through chemo can feel frightening and overwhelming at times, there are ways to keep your body strong and as healthy as possible throughout the entire process. Studies have shown that exercising and remaining active while going through chemo is beneficial for the body. Knowing how to remain active as you complete each round of chemo is a way to ensure you are providing your body with everything it needs to properly recover.
Choosing the Right Diet
The Recovery Fitness® cancer exercise program fills a gap in the health care system. My program teaches patients how to exercise properly and safely, and takes their particular surgery and treatment into account so that they can reach a fitness level that provides them with confidence and peace of mind.We have over 20 years experience and have helped thousands of cancer patients. Sometimes the patient is so overwhelmed by their diagnosis that they are unable to comprehend the
Combat Chemotherapy: Nutrition to Carry You Through Eating right is something that everybody should try to do, but when you’re going through chemotherapy, what you put into your body becomes particularly important. While avoiding chemicals and heavily processed foods that could make you feel worse is important, there are also some particular foods you should consider making a part of your regular diet. Although the foods you eat may be unable to actually fight off the cancer