Monday, November 14, 2011

Fitness and Cancer Survival

Health and good estate of body are above all gold, and a strong body above infinite wealth.--Ecclesiastes 30:15

Almost daily I am stopped by people who ask, "How is Tyler doing?" The simple answer is "Fantastic!". His recovery is nothing short of a miracle.

Tyler beat a cancer that had spread aggressively through almost every major organ in his body, his bone marrow, and his central nervous system. And, after beating cancer, he avoided the long list of physical problems we were told to expect. His liver, heart, lungs, and immune system have all fully recovered. He looks and feels great.

I am often asked why Tyler had such a miraculous recovery. Well, there were a lot of reasons. And one of the essential reasons has been Tyler's focus on health. The truth is we hammered him with treatments. His physical conditioning allowed us to push well beyond standard protocols.

And once he beat cancer, he jumped back into life with enthusiasm. He ran the last portion of the marathon with me. He regularly works out, plays basketball and football. He's now playing a lot more soccer (largely due to it being a favorite sport of his girl friend).

I believe his attention to total health has been a critical (and often ignored) factor in his survival and recovery.

Below is an article by David Haas. He emailed it to me, and I think it is worth the read.

Fitness and Survival Rates

A diagnosis of cancer doesn't define who you are. No matter what stage of cancer you are in, you are still you, and capable of making decisions that will help you stay as strong as you can be as you battle your cancer. Whether you have just been diagnosed, are undergoing treatment or have reached a remission, it is important to keep yourself feeling as good as you can feel. If you are now cancer free, take advantage of your new chance to follow a fitness program to maintain your health and feel good.

Studies show that the benefits of staying fit and healthy not only reduce the risks of many types of cancer, but can improve the survival rates after the doctor has given a cancer diagnose.

The National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health report that research has indicated that physical activity helps survivors by reducing the fatigue that many experience as part of their treatment and recovery. Working to become more fit through a regular program of physical activity will assist energy balance that serves to improve the quality of life during the time the survivor is in treatment, recovering from treatment and throughout the lifetime.

Studies funded by the NCI are working to find out how fitness plays into improving the prognosis of cancers as well as making survivors gain more energy and looking for evidence that would indicate if it plays any part in the reoccurrence of cancer.

If you have been diagnosed with cancer, whether it is a common diagnosis such as skin cancer or a rare cancer such as mesothelioma, discusses your physical fitness routine with your doctor during each stage of treatment and recovery. Work with your medical care provider to make sure that you exercise program doesn’t interfere with treatment and make adjustments to it as needed. Don’t feel discouraged if you feel that you aren’t making progress on your way to becoming physically fit. Fatigue and other side effects of treatment may be playing a part in how you feel by emotionally and physically.

Ask your medical care provider for information on physical fitness programs that are available in your area. Many times, cancer support groups sponsor sessions for both cancer patients and survivors. The social support of others who have faced the same health obstacles as you are facing often helps motivate the continuation of an exercise routine.


Turenne said...

This post brings out the importance of fitness in such a clear light. I praise Tyler for being in action and for his actions in this fight. °Fitness and Cancer Survival°, this link, like simple basic truth, is so often overlook in health issues while treatments,even though necessary are focusing too exclusively on medication.

Keep it up...Stay in the rythm of this dance...

cctv karachi said...

A great article indeed and a very detailed, realistic and superb analysis of the current and past scenarios.

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