At our Research Conference last week, we were honored to have Kathryn H. Schmitz, PhD, MPH, FACSM give a talk on strategies for promoting physical activity among cancer survivors.
It was Dr. Schmitz’s PAL (Physical Activity and Lymphedema) Trial that showed that survivors with lymphedema (swelling of the limbs) could benefit from gradual, closely supervised weight training – a finding that challenged the conventional wisdom that lymphedema sufferers should avoid weight-bearing exercise. She published her findings in the August issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. We profiled this research in the latest issue of AICR’s ScienceNow newsletter.
But that doesn’t mean that women who have, or who are at high risk for lymphedema, should just head to the gym and start lifting away. We caught up with Dr. Schmitz at lunch, and she talked about two online resources to help these women get the guidance they need.
www.lymphnet.org – The National Lymphedema Network. Find physical therapists trained in lymphedema issues.
www.strengthandcourage.net – Order a DVD on exercise after breast cancer surgery – includes many of the exercises used in Dr. Schmitz’s PAL trial.