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The diagnosis of cancer and the beginning of chemotherapy treatment trigger questions, fears, and feelings of helplessness. But there is one step patients can take immediately to take charge of their health: Exercise.
Studies show that, on average, chemotherapy patients who incorporate exercise into their lives have shorter hospital stays, experience a lesser decline in physical functioning, report significantly less fatigue and emotional distress, and enjoy a higher quality of life during treatment.
Now these benefits are available to every chemotherapy patient.
Exercises for Chemotherapy Patients, written by oncologist Harry Raftopoulos, MD, and exercise physiologist Erin O'Driscoll, RN, MA, is the very first at-home exercise program designed especially for those on chemotherapy.
The therapeutic benefits of exercise are real. As patients develop strength through exercise, they gain emotional strength. Setting a goal of wellness-and taking action toward that goal-is the first step in becoming a cancer survivor.
Special features include:
• Complete walking and exercise programs that require no expensive equipment.
• Advice about coping with the side effects of chemotherapy
• A special section devoted to nutrition during chemotherapy treatment.
Exercising with undergoing chemotherapy treatments can help you take control of your body, and in the process give you strength, courage, and confidence.
Chemotherapy is one of the wonders of modern medicine. It has saved countless lives and improved the quality of life for millions. From stopping the ravages of HIV to curing cancer, chemotherapy is useful in treating a wide variety of diseases but it does have some negative effects. Hair loss, clinical depression and debilitating fatigue are common.
Doctors have known for quite some time that diet and exercise can help patients ameliorate or even avoid many of the harmful effects of chemotherapy.
Now, with the help of a noted fitness expert, world-renowned oncologist, Dr. Harry Raftopolous guides chemotherapy patients through an exercise regimen designed to get them better, faster. With simple exercises that can be done in a hospital room or in bed, patients can fight back against fatigue and hopelessness and help their bodies to cure at a faster rate.
-- Exercise programs
-- Tips on staying healthy
-- Stress reduction
With a special section on diet and nutrition, Exercises for Chemotherapy Patients offers hope and guidance to the many thousands of people who undergo treatments each year. Patients, and their doctors, will find it invaluable.
About the Author
HARRY RAFTOPOULOS, MD
, is assistant professor of medicine in the division of Medical Oncology; Director of Respiratory Oncology Program at New York Presbyterian Hospital.
ERIN O'DRISCOLL, RN, MA, is a registered nurse, exercise physiologist, and certified health and fitness instructor. She lives in East Islip, New York.