Exercises for Chemotherapy

Exercises for Chemotherapy

by Harry Raftopoulos
     
 

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

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Overview

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.

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Library Journal
The diagnosis and treatment of cancer often leave the patient feeling totally out of control. Citing several studies, Raftopoulos (director, respiratory oncology, New York Presbyterian Hosp.) and O'Driscoll, a registered nurse and exercise physiologist, argue that an exercise program can provide a feeling of control that helps the patient's mental outlook while strengthening the body so that it is better able to respond to treatment. Breathing techniques, stretches, and simple strengthening exercises that can be done either sitting or standing are presented in photos, with accompanying descriptions. The book also includes chapters on dealing with such side effects as fatigue and loss of appetite and gives recipes for high-nutrition drinks that can be easily digested. A list of resources is appended. This title will be encouraging to cancer patients without overwhelming them. Recommended for both public and patient libraries.-Susan B. Hagloch, Tuscarawas Cty. P.L., New Philadelphia, OH Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781578260935
Publisher:
Hatherleigh Press
Publication date:
07/28/2003
Pages:
168
Product dimensions:
6.04(w) x 8.96(h) x 0.34(d)

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