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FINDING A WAY FOR BRAIN TUMOR SURVIVORS TO LEAD A HEALTHIER LIFE

By Stacia Wagner
Friday, July 1, 2011

According to scientists at Duke Cancer Institute, “Brain cancer patients who are able to exercise live significantly longer than sedentary patients.” A 2010 study from Kirsten Ness, Ph.D., St. Jude Epidemiology and Cancer Control department, indicatedthat “childhood brain tumor survivors may be particularly vulnerable to the physical declines associated with aging, leaving them at higher risk for problems linked to inactivity, including osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease.”

Exercising in a group can be difficult for adolescent and young adult survivors who have weight, balance, gait, vision or hearing changes and do not want to stand apart from their peers. It can also be a challenge finding a trainer or program which will adapt the routine to meet the needs of the survivor.

At CBTF, we want to open a discussion and look for solutions to this problem. Within our online community, Jenna’s Corner, we have started an exercise message board led by personal trainer and mother of a teen survivor, Cheryl Coutts. We will also have guest blogs from nutritionist with expertise in survivorship issues.

Our local teen and young adult survivor group, including siblings and parents, is training for a 5K walk/ run in the fall. We would love to have other area groups join us with training comments, challenges and successes.

We hope parents and survivors will join our online community and share their exercise thoughts and questions with us.

Articles related to exercise for survivors can be found at:

http://www.newswise.com/articles/view/567385/

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/06/110621114153.htm

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