Exercise programs are very different for cancer recovery. Fitness professionals often work by default to train individuals for strength, but it is vital to take everything into consideration when working with a cancer patient. The contraindications of certain drugs, the emotional and physical side effects of certain treatments and surgeries all matter when it comes to designing an exercise regimen.
as pediatrics, their surgeries and treatments, breast reconstruction, upper and lower body lymphedema prevention, identification, and management, cancer pain and fatigue, comprehensive fitness evaluations including postural assessment and goniometry, as well as marketing strategies and how to position themselves as the “next step” in the health care continuum.
As creator of CETI, Andrea Leonard says, “Cancer Exercise Specialists are to cancer what cardiac rehab is to the heart patient.”
Stacy works very carefully with the client, personalizing the workout extensively, working with the client’s doctor, physical therapist, and any other specialist involved in the patient’s treatment program. Some days physical constraints and lack of energy may prevent movement, but that’s the beauty of cancer exercise: recognizing and responding to limitations and moving forward as the mind and body allow, challenging the body, but not forcing progress.