Moving On is a nurse and trainer assisted exercise program that is part of the Center for Integrative Oncology and Survivorship at the Greenville Health System (GHS) Cancer Institute. This three month program at the GHS Life Center helps cancer survivors develop an exercise regimen to become more physically active. By working with these professionals, survivors can adapt a personalized exercise program to "move on" past the challenges of their disease by decreasing fatigue, increasing strength and improving quality of life.
An expert panel convened by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) concluded that exercise training is safe and beneficial for cancer survivors after - and even during - treatment. (Read the Article) There is a growing body of evidence to support physical exercise preventing recurrence of certain cancers as well as lowering the incidence of primary cancers, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and stroke. Physical activity is an activity each survivor can do to help their body's defense against cancer by reducing inflammation, boosting immune function, and controlling hormone levels.
- Physical therapy
- Strength training
- Exercise conditioning
- Lymphedema management
- Nutrition education
- Psychosocial counseling
- Support groups
- Massage therapy
Current and former participants of the Moving On program get together in the evening two to three times a year for additional education and support. In November, the group enjoyed a cooking demonstration by Laura Pole, founder and president of Eating for a Lifetime. Laura ended her presentation with a "rap" on the importance of reading nutrition labels. Check it out!
The Lymphedema Management Program at GHS helps patients prevent and control lymphedema. Treatment depends on the severity and extent of the condition. Skilled therapists emphasize self-care and education in helping patients successfully manage lymphedema and lead normal, active lives.
Whenever the normal drainage pattern in the lymph nodes is disturbed or damaged (often as a result of surgery or injury), swelling of the arms or legs may occur. Radiation and chemotherapy may also cause limb swelling. This abnormal collection of too much fluid is called lymphedema. Some people may experience severe swelling (edema) – with the affected limb being several inches larger than the other. Others may experience a milder form – with the affected limb being slightly larger than the other limb. While there is no cure, effective treatment can keep lymphedema under control.
For more information about the Lymphedema Management Program, call (864) 455-7791.