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Exercise Therapy and the Cancer Patient: A Guide for Health Care Professionals and Their Patients

By Howard Stidwell (Author)
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This guide will help patients, regardless of their type of cancer, regain lost physical and psychological functions. Conditions such as fatigue, loss of strength, and depression are all too common with many cancers. Indeed, it is often not he cancer itself but the treatment and the inactivity that follow, that affect the afflicted individual. Doctor Stidwill's latest book is written to be understood and applied by both medical professionals and cancer survivors alike. After 12 years of working with cancer patients, Stidwill offers sound advice and sample exercises in an easy to implement format, including an "Exercise Prescription" for specific cancers.

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Pages   230
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 5.75" Height: 8.5"
Weight:   0.48 lbs.
Binding  Spiral Bound
Release Date   Jan 1, 2006
Publisher   Sourcebooks Trade
ISBN  1932783717  
ISBN13  9781932783711  

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Good information for those who are dealing with cancer and want to use exercise to stay strong through the treatments  May 1, 2007
Most of us do not exercise as much as we should. And when we decide to get active we try to "get serious" and over do it by quite a bit. We end up hurting and decide that we can't exercise and do ourselves a double hurt by settling back into our sedentary ways with a sense of defeat to boot. In this way we cheat ourselves of the physical and emotional benefits of appropriate and regular exercise. Now, compound this resistance if you are diagnosed with cancer.

Now, first off, just as the book indicates, you simply MUST check with your doctor before starting any exercise program, especially with health factors such as cancer.

That caution being said, this is a very good guide to therapeutic exercise for cancer patients. If you are supporting a loved one who is dealing with cancer, helping them stay active can help them feel better, provide some endorphins to help their mood, and keep them strong as they go through often debilitating treatment.

I like this book because it has many helpful illustrations on how to execute the exercises it sets out. There are nine chapters. The first provides an overview of cancer and the various treatments used. Chapter 2 goes through the MANY benefits of exercise. Obviously, if you are an experienced athlete you will already know this stuff, but for most folks, this will be new material or a beneficial refresher.

Chapter 3 goes provides exercise tips and introduces many kinds of exercise equipment. Chapter 4 focuses on exercise for breast cancer patients. I very much appreciate the way the author lists the benefits of the exercises listed as well as offering cautions against certain kinds of exercise for each type of cancer.

Chapter 5 goes through lung cancer, chapter 6 goes through cancers of the abdominal area, chapter 7 deals with brain cancer, chapter 8 with blood related cancers, and chapter 9 with bone cancer.

The author then provides some final thoughts, a glossary, some references, and six appendices that include screening information for exercise therapy, exercise by muscle groups, a cardiorespiratory exercise record, strength training exercise record, the side effects of common chemotherapy regimens, and a list of some possibly helpful websites.

I also like that the book is spiral bound so it will lie flat as you have it open to a page learning an exercise. It will also last longer through repeated use.

Frankly, I wish no one needed this book. However, many can benefit from this and I hope it can help you or someone whom you love and care for.
As a Breast Cancer Survivor  Aug 5, 2006
Following treatment from early stage breast cancer, my rehabilitation needs mainly involved regaining flexibility and strength in my affected side and reducing the fatigue I felt after chemotherapy and radiation. I generally followed the illustrated exercises in the book, doing half one day and half the next. (At first I often had to take days off in between.) I also tried to walk and swim as much as I reasonably could, which the book encouraged me to do.

I found many of the pointers in the book on aerobic exercise quite helpful in this regard. Also, doing as much as I could around the house and going to work helped keep me physically active and gave me a sense of control. In addition to my excellent medical treatment, I am convinced that these exercises helped me get back my full use of my arm, and within about 3 months I was just as flexible as I was before. I only wish the exercises would have helped me grow my hair back more quickly!
Helpful for My Wife  Aug 3, 2006
I had been looking for an easy to use reference book for rehabilitative exercises for my wife who was experiencing lung cancer that had metastasized to her brain. I found many of the symptoms my wife was experiencing along with many exercise goals designed to address many of her problems including dyspnea or breathlessness, fatigue, balance and coordination problems. The illustrated exercises were easy to follow with specific applications for each exercise. Adequate safety is also a concern for the author, particularly in cases of severe balance deficits. A similar format is also followed for several other cancers. In sum, this is an excellent resource for cancer patient, caretakers and health care professionals in the cancer field.
Serves a Vital Need for Those Undergoing the Cancer Experience  Aug 1, 2006
Exercise Therapy and the The Cancer Patient is the first book that I've seen that refers to rehabilitative exercises for a broad spectrum of cancers. Clearly laid out and well illustrated, it begins with a brief overview of cancer and its treatment and then focuses on rehabilitative exercises for cancers that most directly lend themselves to exercise therapy. The author recognizes, however, that exercise is not so much directed to the cancer itself but rather to the effects of its treatment and the inactivity that follows that adversely affects the individual. In my case, as a prostate cancer survivor, I found the exercises to help regain the core strength I had lost from surgery to be particularly helpful. The goals are clearly spelled out along with necessary precautions. Exercise Therapy is a book that I think should be in doctors' offices, as well as in the hands of those trying to maintain a level of function throughout the cancer experience.

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