Well-Being for Cancer patients

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Just some “food for thought” on nutrition and physical activity for survivors and thrivers. A cancer journey involves a ‘village’ of health care team members. Talk with your care team about nutrition and exercise and make the best choices for YOU. What we eat and how we keep active can have a valuable impact on survivorship and thrivership.

A.  Good nutrition is important during and after cancer treatment.
Integrative medicine offers dietitians who can be a liaison with your oncologist/oncology team. It is worth it to have a conversation about the role of nutrition…

  • What to eat
  • What to stay away from
  • What enhances the immune system
  • What reduces inflammation in the body.

A great website is Oncology Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group, which has good information for patients and caregivers as well as dietitians.

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B.  Physical Activity 
Pick the level of activity that is right for you, with advice from your oncologist/oncology team

  • Examples of Light activity –  washing dishes, walking slowly, preparing food, making the bed
  • Examples of Moderate activity –  gardening, walking a bit more briskly and taking deep breaths (walking the dog); exercising while sitting or lying in bed; marching in place while you are watching TV; using exercise bands to stretch your arms/legs
  • Examples of Vigorous activity –  jogging, jumping rope, swimming

The American Cancer Society, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the American College of Sports Medicine recommend:

  • Avoid inactivity – any kind of physical activity can help.
  • Be regularly active – each week, set a goal for yourself  – X number of minutes of exercise, and spread out the activities you choose throughout the week
  • Include strength training – light weights and muscle-building exercise at least 2 days a week
  • Short sessions help if your energy level is low and time is short.  Several short, 10-minute sessions equate to one long exercise session.
  • Start slow –  slowly increase the length and intensity of the physical activity you choose to start out with.

KNOWLEDGE IS POWER  =  PATIENT POWER!

 

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