Life After Cancer
Surviving cancer is one thing. Living well after a cancer diagnosis is another. That’s why in addition to providing cancer treatments, Lake Regional Cancer Center provides support to help people live better. Re-Live, Yoga Flow and support groups are among the offerings.
Get Back to Life with Re-Live
Re-Live is a rehabilitation program at Lake Regional customized to the needs of patients who are receiving or who have completed cancer treatment.
“When we surveyed patients who had completed treatment at Lake Regional Cancer Center, they told us fatigue is their No. 1 challenge,” says Jennifer Newman, R.N., CEN, cPT, Lake Regional Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation director. “We developed the Re-Live program to help these survivors get their lives back.”
According to the American Cancer Society, physically active cancer survivors have a lower risk of cancer recurrence than those who are inactive. Active survivors also have improved cancer survival rates. Plus, exercise can improve fatigue, cardiovascular fitness, muscle strength, anxiety, depression, self-esteem and other factors that affect quality of life in cancer survivors.
Re-Live is an individual — not a group — program. Patients begin with an evaluation to determine their exercise regimen. Usually, the regimen includes a mix of using an exercise bike, arm bike (pedaled with the hands/arms), treadmill and weights. As patients build endurance, exercise intensity and duration increase.
Patients have medical oversight throughout the program, an important benefit for those who have completed treatment and who might go months between doctor visits.
“We can see early signs of problems and help them connect with their doctors to get the care they need, whether that’s a simple antibiotic or something more,” Newman says. “This can help patients avoid hospitalizations.”
To learn more and enroll, contact our cancer resource navigator at 573.302.2752.
Find Strength in Yoga
Cancer treatment can be physically and mentally taxing. The process of surgical recovery, chemotherapy and radiation places the body under a great deal of stress. Many patients report fatigue, feeling “drained” and weakness. Yoga practice is restorative and can help cancer patients recover both physical and mental strength.
Yoga pairs breathing with movement for flexibility and balance. It also promotes relaxation. At Lake Regional, Newman, a certified YogaFit instructor, leads Yoga Flow, a free class designed to accommodate cancer patients, heart patients and others with limitations.
The class meets from 1 to 2 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday, except the third Thursday of the month and some holidays.
Find the next class at www.lakeregional.com/events.
Lake Regional Cancer Support Groups
Lake Regional Cancer Center offers the following support groups.
Cancer Support Group for Men
11:15 a.m. the third Wednesday of each month, Lake Regional Cancer Center Resource Room
A support group for men who currently are undergoing treatment for cancer or are in recovery.
HOPE for Women
11:30 a.m. the last Wednesday of each month, Lake Regional Cancer Center Resource Room
A support group for women who currently are undergoing treatment for cancer or are in recovery.
Look Good … Feel Better
9:30 a.m. the last Wednesday of each month, Lake Regional Cancer Center Resource Room
A free skin care, makeup and hair loss workshop provided by the American Cancer Society for all women undergoing cancer treatment.
Find these and other support groups at www.lakeregional.com/events.