As survival rates for cancer patients have increased, cancer survivorship (we define a cancer survivor from diagnosis on) has grown into its own definition as the last and longest part of the cancer journey. As a survivor, being active has never been so important. Research and ACSM* physical activity guidelines for survivor’s shows strong evidence in helping with the symptoms of:
- Cancer-related fatigue
- Health-related quality of life
- Physical function
The Oncology Recovery Program is designed to meet the needs of cancer survivors before, during and/or after treatment in a safe and supportive environment. Research shows that when geared specifically to the patient, exercise is safe for all physical levels of ability. Additionally, it is suggested that interaction with individuals who have similar circumstances may lead to benefits beyond exercise alone.** Participants partake in physical and social activities focused on strengthening the whole person and improving quality of life. By shifting the emphasis away from the disease, participants move beyond cancer in spirit, mind, and body.
In a 12 week (2x a week), small group program+, participants focus on:
- Cardiovascular conditioning
- Muscular strength and endurance
- Flexibility and balance
- Functional ability to perform everyday tasks
- Reducing the severity of surgery and therapy side effects
*ACSM – American College of Sports Medicine
**Sherman, K.A. et al. Psychological effects and mediators of a group multi-component program for breast cancer survivors. J Behav Med (2010) 33:378-391.
+Instructed by nationally certified instructors who have undergone specialized training in the elements of cancer and rehabilitative exercises.
Adhering to protocol is essential for a successful program; this Evidence-based Health Intervention requires the following for participation:
- Program registration packet
- Baseline (at start of program) and Post (16 weeks) Functional Assessments
- Commitment of attending class two times a week for 12 weeks
Depending on the health insurance plan, there may be coverage options for you, please contact us to see what you may be eligible for. For questions regarding coverage, contact Mary Biddle-Newberry at 208 344 5502 ext 276.
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