Friday, September 9, 2011

Guest Blogger, David Haas

I'd like to introduce you to David Haas, fellow blogger and cancer patient advocate. Today David is guest posting on my blog about fitness  following a cancer diagnosis. I hope you'll enjoy!
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Fitness to Help Combat Cancer

A cancer diagnosis, whether it is Prostate Cancer, breast cancer, skin cancer, or even a rare diagnosis such as a mesothelioma prognosis, is a stressful and challenging time for any individual. Cancer treatments are often painful and result in physical exhaustion in the body. While it might seem that adding exercise or fitness training to cancer treatments would only further exhaust the body, it actually helps increase energy levels.

Exercise is beneficial to the body. According to the
National Cancer Institute, cancer patients who get moderate exercise between 3 to 5 hours a week are more likely to survive cancer than patients who lead a sedentary lifestyle.

Exercise Options For Cancer Patients:

Patients who are diagnosed with cancer such as breast cancer, lung cancer,
mesothelioma, colon cancer , and especially Prostate cancer often benefit from different types of exercise programs. Numerous options are available depending on physical fitness level and personal interests.

Yoga is one exercise option that is beneficial to cancer patients. Joining a yoga class will not only provide moderate and gentle exercise, but also helps relieve stress and anxiety associated with cancer. For some patients who experience negative side effects like nausea from the cancer treatments, yoga might help with the side effects as well.

Anita Kellman’s Beat Cancer Boot Camp is an exercise program based on military exercises that is designed to help empower cancer patients and survivors. This program is designed specifically for cancer patients and helps improve the chances of beating cancer one pushup at a time while also encouraging camaraderie and support during tough times.

• Getting help from a personal trainer who works specifically with cancer patients is often a great way to get personalized exercise to deal with specific health needs. For example, breast cancer patients might require exercise to burn fat gained because of the cancer while a patient with gastrointestinal cancer would need to work on building lean muscle to minimize muscle wasting.

• Walking is a gentle exercise that is appropriate for most cancer patients. A twenty-minute walk each day will help improve cancer survival chances without harming the body or overtaxing the body.


Exercise is beneficial in fighting cancer. While studies are still determining the exact effects exercise has on cancer, doctors have determined that moderate exercise increases the rate of surviving cancer, increases energy and improves the mood of patients who are fighting cancer. Patients should always discuss the most appropriate exercise programs and options with a doctor for their individual health needs.

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