In the past, cancer patients were typically told to rest as they went through their treatment and recovery. But not anymore. With a growing body of research finding that exercise can help cancer patients and long-term survivors, a new paper calls for oncology professionals to take action to help all people living with and beyond cancer be as active as is possible.
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.
This time of the year is busy with planning, shopping and returning to extracurricular activities and the excitement of a new school year. Before settling into the school year routine, develop a plan to move more and eat more healthily to meet AICR’s Cancer Prevention Recommendation. Talk with your family about ideas that would work for all, and then set your family plan into action. Here are some suggestions from AICR.Read more… “Strive for Good Health and Cancer Prevention while Getting Kids Back to School”