From nutrition to exercise, stress management, quality of sleep and more, what role does living as healthily as possible play, during cancer treatment - and beyond? Our experts share fascinating insights and tips.
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Host: Sonia Booth, Author and host of Opinion Booth on CliffCentral.com
Sue Serebro - Physiotherapist and Certified Complex Lymphoedema Therapist.
Exercise is key, during and after treatment. We assess the patient and modify the exercise accordingly. If undergoing chemotherapy and they’re very weak, simple breathing exercises can both stimulate the lymphatic system and help with relaxation.
We use physical activity - stretching or kinetics, yoga or Pilates or hydrotherapy etc. - to improve a patient’s physical state, maintain the function they have and promote wellness to improve their quality of life, working closely with patients’ goals.
Michelle Das Neves - Biokineticist operating at a paediatric centre and assisting patients affected by cancer.
Annika Rust - registered dietician working at the Breast Care Centre of Excellence at Netcare Milpark Hospital.
Individualized dietary advice relates to one’s cancer and treatment. Patients need more protein to repair tissue that has been damaged by chemotherapy. Without good energy intake, they lose lean muscle mass. Each bite should be nutritious.
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