Essential Exercises for Breast Cancer Survivors: How to Live Stronger and Feel Better


Essential Exercises for Breast Cancer Survivors helps breast cancer patients at every step of their journey.

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Essential Exercises for Breast Cancer Survivors helps breast cancer patients at every step of their journey.

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Library Journal
Overcoming the aftereffects of breast cancer can be as difficult as hearing the original diagnosis. Exercise specialists and personal trainers Halverstadt and Leonard first discuss the physical effects of breast cancer surgery and treatment (from general stiffness and "frozen shoulder" to painful scar tissue and lymphedema), then offer stretches, warm-ups, and 90-plus exercises (their "Essential Exercises," repeated ad nauseum) to improve/regain range of motion and increase strength of the affected arm. Their plan is intended to improve one's overall well-being through better posture, improved lymphatic flow, weight management, and cardiovascular health through aerobics. The photos included in the galley are quite small (most photos were not seen). The authors have done an admirable job, but in all honesty, can any exercise regime be followed properly via a book? They say, "Don't lock your knees" and "Contract your abdominals and your buttocks," but do most women know how that is done? Women wanting to reverse the complications of breast surgery would do better with a videocassette, e.g., Better Than Before (LJ 1/96) or Focus on Healing Through Movement & Dance for the Breast Cancer Survivor (LJ 5/15/99), where positions are amply demonstrated and explained. Still, this book is recommended for comprehensive patient health collections.--Bette-Lee Fox, "Library Journal" Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558321793
  • Publisher: Harvard Common Press, The
  • Publication date: 9/28/2000
  • Pages: 88
  • Product dimensions: 7.36 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword ix
Acknowledgments x
Introduction xi
Part I Exercise, Breast Cancer, and You 1
Chapter 1 Why Should I Exercise? 2
Chapter 2 Treatment and Exercise 9
Part II Essential Exercises 29
Chapter 3 Getting Ready to Exercise 30
Chapter 4 The Exercise Program 48
Level I 63
Level II 89
Level III 116
Level IV 144
Part III Expanding Your Exercise Program 173
Chapter 5 Am I Ready for Aerobic Exercise? 174
Chapter 6 Weight Training 189
References 195
Resources 199
Glossary 201
Index 205
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2000

    Who says you can't benefit from an exercise book?

    I find that this book gives concise explanations on how to properly execute the 'essential exercises.' The authors went to great lengths to come up with analogies that help women to associate these exercises with everyday activities. The pictures are small, however, they are clear and effective. The difference between this book and a video is that the book takes women step by step through an individualized self-assessment to determine their personal course of action. It also explains all standard procedures, their side-effects, and contraindications to exercise.Videos deal with everyone - lumping them all into one category. None of us have exactly the same side-effects and this book helped me to identify exactly what I needed to work on. It may take a little longer to read and understand the exercises in a book as compared to a video, however, the benefits can be seen ten-fold!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2000

    Essential Exercises helped me to regain control of my life!

    This wonderful and timely book took me step by step through exercises designed to help me regain my range of motion and strength. I feel like my old self again. Thank you!

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