You’ve just been diagnosed with breast cancer, and you are numb and scared. Your world just turned upside-down. Let me help you set it right. I am a 10-year survivor, diagnosed on August 6, 2009. I was in your shoes, shocked, freaked and a little ashamed that I’d allowed my health to get away from me. I am a control freak in so many parts of my life. Yet, my world now felt out of control.
From reducing the risk of developing cancer to reducing side effects from cancer treatment, research shows the benefits of exercise across the cancer continuum. Even after completion of treatment, exercise can aid in improving and restoring health into survivorship. AICR has funded several studies looking into the role of exercise during breast cancer treatment and survivorship.
For breast cancer awareness month, clinical dietitian and specialist in oncology nutrition, Angela Hummel, writes about the advice she gives to her patients about physical activity and its impact on breast cancer.
As a specialist in oncology nutrition, one of the most commonly discussed cancer-related symptom is weight change. My goal as an oncology dietitian is to help people stay well-nourished while undergoing cancer treatment. At each visit, for every person undergoing cancer treatment, I start with a weight check and physical exam. Specifically, this includes assessing lean body mass (muscle) and changes in body fat. It is crucial to monitor changes in body composition at each visit because too much loss (fat and/or muscle) can lead to negative health effects.