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How Exercise Can Help Brain Tumor Survivors

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Dana-Farber exercise physiologist Nancy Campbell, MS, provides exercise and fitness tips that can help brain tumor survivors stay healthy during and after treatment. This talk was originally given at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute on March 21, 2014. To view the presentation with audio, visit this link: http://youtu.be/0xdxTYeGwTE

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How Exercise Can Help Brain Tumor Survivors

  1. 1. Nancy Campbell, MS Exercise Physiologist Friday 3/21/14
  2. 2. Agenda  Recent research  How to start or maintain an exercise program  Helpful tools  Resources
  3. 3. Recent Research  July 2011 study at Duke found initial evidence that exercise may improve symptoms and possibly impact progression and survival  Participants who walked about 5 days a week for 30 minutes -- had significantly prolonged survival  American College of Sports Medicine recommends that all cancer survivors avoid inactivity Ruden, E et al. J Clin Oncol. 2011 July 20; 29(21): 2918–2923.
  4. 4. Benefits of Exercise  Combat fatigue  Improve functional ability  Help with weight maintenance or loss  Improve bone health  Steroids can cause an increase in bone loss  Improve sleep  Improve self esteem and body image  Reduce anxiety and depression  Reduce inflammation
  5. 5. How to Start  Medical clearance  Physical therapy  Start slowly and listen to your body  Ideally during the time of day when you have most energy  10% rule  10% of something is better than 100% of nothing  Choose a safe activity and know when to stop
  6. 6. Incorporate activity into your day  Take a 10 minute walk once a day  If fatigue is an issue, start with 3-5 minutes  Park farther away when doing errands  Take the stairs  Pick an activity you enjoy  Find a buddy
  7. 7. Exercise Tracking  Websites  www.Sparkpeople.com  www.Fitday.com  www.mapmyrun.com  Smart phone apps  Couch to 5K app  My Fitness Pal  Excel spreadsheet or paper tracking  Pedometer - Studies show wearing a pedometer can increase your exercise by 90 min/wk
  8. 8. Resources  Dana-Farber  www.Dana-farber.org/exercise  Women’s Strength Class (Tuesday 10-11, Friday 1:30-2:30)  Exercise consultation  617 632 4523  DFCI_AdultSurvivors@dfci.harvard.edu  Zakim Center  www.Dana-farber.org/zakim  Yoga, Meditation and Qi Gong  617 632 3399  Bodyscapes Gym – free membership  77 Avenue Louis Pasteur - about 5 minute walk from Dana-Farber  Activity Expo  Wednesday 4/30 from 10-2 pm Yawkey 3
  9. 9. Resources  YMCA  www.Livestrong.org/ymca  Group exercise classes, twice a week for 12 weeks, with free access to YMCA  Facing Cancer Together in Newton, MA  www.facing-cancer.org/  Healing Garden in Harvard, MA  www.Healinggarden.net  Cancer Support Community in Norwell, MA  www.cancersupportcommunityma.org  Wellness Warriors – dragon boating  www.Wellnesswarriorsboston.org  Certified Cancer Exercise Trainers  American College Sports Medicine (ACSM)
  10. 10. Take Home Messages  Start slow and listen to your body  Seek help when needed  Stay positive and have fun  Remember that 10% of something is better than 100% of nothing
  11. 11. Thank You  Questions??  Email: nancy_campbell@dfci.harvard.edu

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