Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Exercise programs for clients following successful cancer remission...

-Recently the wife of a current client of mine asked me: "do you know of any specific training programs for cancer survivors (not breast cancer)?" According to her research for her organization "Cancer can't get me"she had not come across anything specifically for survivors of leukemia or hodgekins lymphoma, but says that results were endless for breast cancer survivors. Being a cancer survivor herself she stated the stress put on exercise from her oncologist, and the wonderful outcomes from her participation in exercise.

Having a background in Adaptive fitness for individuals with disabilities, I knew off hand that surely there are other trainers with a specialty in training post rehab, and that their has to be exercise programs for that specific client market.

I came across several articles detailing the benefits of community based exercise for cancer survivors here:

http://www.healthcanal.com/cancers/25470-Study-finds-strength-focused-community-based-exercise-programs-are-safe-and-effective-for-cancer-survivors.html

here: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/cancer-survivor/CA00070

and

here: http://www.webmd.com/cancer/features/exercise-cancer-patients?page=3

to sum up all three articles, exercise is JUST as important for a cancer survivor as it is for anyone else. Of course careful consideration must be placed on program design, just as it would for your beginning exercise candidate without cancer.

To answer my clients wife's question...  "do you know of any specific training programs for cancer survivors (not breast cancer)?" I would now have to answer: There are no specific training programs for cancer survivors, an exercise program should be designed according to that specific clients medical restrictions, fitness level, and goals to safely and efficiently reach their individual goals.


To contact the Cancer can't get me organization call Barbara Keller 703-724-0813