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  • Cancer, Karen

    Let’s change the approach for Cancer Treatment

    90% of National Cancer Institute Designated Cancer Centers providing clinical care do not include links to cancer rehabilitation services on their websites! In 2017, there will be an estimated 1,688,780 new cancer cases diagnosed in the US, and we know the current health care system in America is challenged to meet the needs of the increasing number of cancer survivors.

    The first thing most people do when they have been diagnosed with a condition is search the internet. Both patients with a cancer diagnosis and their family members search for information to educate themselves about the disease and the recommended treatment options. They need additional information about their cancer diagnosis on top of that given to them by the healthcare staff. The greatest information need is related to how cancer will affect their day-to-day life. Healthcare staff should provide patients with advice about reliable websites.

    Health professionals can diagnose and treat patients’ physical, psychological, and cognitive impairments to help them maintain or restore function, reduce common side effects, retain independence and improve a cancer survivors’ quality of life. Health professional services are cost-effective and are known to reduce both direct and indirect health care costs, thereby reducing the enormous financial burden of cancer. However, most cancer care delivery models do not include cancer rehabilitation into their oncology care service. Research has shown 90% of national leading cancer centers do not represent cancer rehabilitation services care methods on their websites.

    A study to evaluate the existence of and quality of patient-related cancer rehabilitation published in the Journal of Cancer Education 2017 discovered 90% of National Cancer Institute Designated Cancer Centers providing clinical care do not include links to cancer rehabilitation services on their websites. Furthermore, 70% of theses websites overlooked the opportunity to present a description of cancer rehabilitation services.

    We need to integrate cancer rehabilitation care models into oncology care from the point of diagnosis, incorporating evidence-based rehabilitation clinical assessment tools, and include health professionals in shared decision-making so we can provide high-quality cancer care.

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  • Blog, Cancer, Diabetes, Exercise, Tom

    Something… Everyday!

    Taking time for ourselves is one the hardest things to do for most of us. Then, add a full-time job, a spouse, and sprinkle a few children into the mix… Overwhelming isn’t it?!

    There are tons of reasons why we can’t get our workout commitment accomplished. On the flip side we, as a society, also waste about 2 hours a day on social media. So, even if it is only for ten minutes, do something that makes a positive impact on your fitness. Walking, 7 ½ minute workouts, tabata circuits… these are just a few things that can be done even on the busiest days.

    If we tell ourselves that we are too busy, do not have enough time, or are too tired, we will never find that “Fire” to keep our health or fitness. It’s called rephrasing Self Talk.  What we need to tell ourselves is what/where there is time to get something positive done.

    • I can’t afford to join a gym, but I can do an exercise video.
    • I don’t have the energy to run today, but I can walk.
    • I’m tired and want to take the elevator, but the stairs will do me some good.

    Role models are critical to our Self Talk. Humans learn throughout life by watching others and then replicating behaviors and movement.  Role Models are the push we need for self-improvement.  I’ve been fortunate to have fantastic role models, thanks to my Dad and Mom.

    Health science is also making advancements in understanding the power of just small changes in our lives.  Dr. Mike Evans or “DocMikeEvans” does an incredible job of describing the impact of just a little exercise on his Youtube Health Channel.  He’s a really interesting guy.  Check out “23 ½ Hours”.

    In case you didn’t know… in 2015, the US released a new set of guidelines for recommended levels of physical activity.   The prior simple 3 days a week of 30 minutes of moderate exercise is now a new minimum of 300 minutes of moderate or 150 minutes vigorous activity spread out through the week.