Cancer patient finds help post-treatment

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Staying healthy after cancer treatment is an important part of long-term survival and crucial in helping patients resume normal lives.

Sometimes, patients want to learn how to make healthy life changes following the restrictions on exercise and diet during cancer treatment. Sometimes they’re grappling with the results of treatment on their bodies.

Like Toni Doody.

A breast cancer survivor, she sought physical therapy from Kathy Kearse with Provision Physical Therapy  when suffering from lymphedema after her bilateral mastectomy. After receiving treatment there for several months, she learned about a new class Kearse and cancer exercise specialist Kathleen Bullock Provision Health and Performance,  were launching, designed specifically for the needs of cancer survivors.

“I thought it would be a good fit, and it was,” says Doody. “I just wanted to be able to do the exercise that would help my body and improve flexibility.”

After attending the first round of classes last year, Doody signed up for the second set of classes in January. The bi-weekly classes each feature an exercise session and an educational seminar on a variety of topics ranging from the risk of lymphedema, hydration, nutrition, foam rolling, relaxation and restoration.

“I really like Kathleen. She’s very positive and motivating,” says Doody. :It’s always easier to do it with someone else.”

In addition to educational sessions, the program consists of stretching, strengthening, and cardiovascular conditioning exercises targeted at the needs of men and women following recovery from cancer treatments who are ready to take the next step toward better health.

A new “Small Group Training for Cancer Survivors” will be held April 19-May 12, from 8:15-9:15 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. More times will be made available as needed.

The class is open to both men and women who have completed treatment for cancer. A medical release from an oncologist or primary care physician is preferred in order to ensure participants are ready for exercise.

Groups will consist of 4-8 participants. Cost is $160 for eight sessions. For more information or to sign up, call 865-232-1414.