The Oncology Nurse Navigators at Life with Cancer

August 7, 2020

Our Navigators are here for you. Life with Cancer Oncology Nurse Navigators can help individuals learn about their disease, treatment plans, side effects, procedures, clinical trials…and more.

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Nutrition Minute – Sugar and Cancer

July 30, 2020

Registered Dietician, Lauren Fay, addresses the most common questions she receives regarding sugar and its effect on cancer.

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Fitness Flash – Heat Wave

July 28, 2020

We catch up with Life with Cancer Fitness Manager, Susan Gilmore, as she provides us with tips on training outdoors during the hot summer days!

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Fitness in a Minute – Marvelous Muscles

July 2, 2020

Life with Cancer Fitness Manager, Susan Gilmore, gives some insight on the fascinating world of muscles.

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Nutrition Minute – Healthy Weight

June 18, 2020

Life with Cancer Registered Dietician, Lauren Fay, provides some guidelines on how to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight.

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Fitness in a Minute – Gotta Minute?

June 4, 2020

Life with Cancer Fitness Program Manager, Susan Gilmore, provides some tips on how you can keep moving, even when doing something as simple as heating up your meal in the microwave.

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Self-Care for Young Adult Survivors of Pediatric Cancer

May 22, 2020

Improve how you care for yourself during times of crisis by creating a personalized self-care plan. We’ll walk you through the completion of this plan with a fillable worksheet that accompanies a 15-minute video/audio.

by Kaitlyn O’Donnell, MSW, LCSW, Life with Cancer Oncology Clinical Therapist

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Breathing and Other Meditations

May 3, 2020

Breathing exercises and meditations can tune out mental chatter, calm the body, and quiet the mind which can help manage the emotional stressors of the cancer experience and change the way one is in the world.

Micheline Toussaint, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C, RYT

Life with Cancer Oncology Therapist

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March 30, 2020

Dearest Life with Cancer Community Members,

We have missed you…but that’s about to change!

Life with Cancer is moving on-line!

Currently, we have moved about 50 classes to a virtual format (with more to be added) so please check out our Class Registration page at and explore! All classes and programs will be offered through Zoom Pro which is HIPAA compliant. Zoom invitations will be sent through Outlook BCC to protect the privacy of your email. When you sign-in to Zoom to accept your first class and group invitation, you will have the option of identifying yourself with your first name only. NONE of the programs will be recorded.

In addition, Life with Cancer will continue to offer individual video or phone educational consults by our Oncology Nurse Navigators, nutrition consults by our Oncology Certified Dietitians, counseling sessions by our licensed Oncology Clinical Therapists, and fitness consults by our Cancer Certified Fitness Trainer. You can request a consult through the Contact Us tab at or call the Life with Cancer Connect Line at 703.206.5433. As always, Life with Cancer programming is free of charge.

Explore the many ways that Life with Cancer can make your day-to-day life easier and help you connect with a community of people who face many of the same challenges you do.

From all of us, at Life with Cancer.

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How Much and What Kind of Exercise is Needed for a Cancer Survivor

February 5, 2020

For the rising number of cancer survivors worldwide, there’s growing evidence that exercise is an important part of recovery. But how much, and what type of exercise, is needed?

A recent review of research, conducted by an international group of experts led by the University of British Columbia, has resulted in the development of new exercise guidelines for cancer survivors.

The updated recommendations, published today in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, outline specific ‘exercise prescriptions’ to address common side effects, such as anxiety and fatigue, associated with cancer diagnoses and treatment.

In general, the new guidelines recommend survivors perform aerobic and resistance training for approximately 30 minutes per session, three times a week. This is a departure from earlier guidelines, published nearly a decade ago, which advised cancer survivors to meet the general public health guidelines for all Americans — 150 minutes of exercise a week.

“Exercise has been regarded as a safe and helpful way for cancer survivors to lessen the impact of cancer treatment on their physical and mental health, but the precise type and amount of exercise to treat the many different health outcomes related to cancer treatment hasn’t been clear,” says the paper’s lead author, Dr. Kristin Campbell, associate professor at UBC’s department of physical therapy. “In the absence of this information, cancer survivors were advised to strive toward meeting the general public health guidelines for all Americans — an amount of physical activity that may be difficult for people to achieve during or following cancer treatment.”

The new recommendations are based on a substantive review and analysis of the growing body of scientific evidence in the field. Since the first guidelines were put forward in 2010, there have been more than 2,500 published randomized controlled exercise trials in cancer survivors — an increase of 281 percent.

The new paper is just one of three papers published today that summarizes the outcomes of an international roundtable that explored the role of exercise in cancer prevention and control. The roundtable brought together a group of 40 international, multidisciplinary experts from various organizations who conducted a thorough and updated review of the evidence on the positive effects of exercise in preventing, managing and recovering from cancer.

Together, the three papers offer new evidence-backed recommendations for incorporating exercise into prevention and treatment plans and introduce a new Moving Through Cancer initiative, led by the American College of Sports Medicine, to help clinicians worldwide implement these recommendations.

The new recommendations include:

  • For all adults, exercise is important for cancer prevention and specifically lowers risk of seven common types of cancer: colon, breast, endometrial, kidney, bladder, esophagus and stomach
  • For cancer survivors, incorporate exercise to help improve survival after a diagnosis of breast, colon and prostate cancer
  • Exercising during and after cancer treatment improves fatigue, anxiety, depression, physical function, quality of life and does not exacerbate lymphedema
  • Continue research that will drive the integration of exercise into the standard of care for cancer
  • Translate into practice the increasingly robust evidence base about the positive effects of exercise for cancer patients

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Journal Reference:

  1. Kristin L. Campbell, Kerri M. Winters-Stone, Joachim Wiskemann, Anne M. May, Anna L. Schwartz, Kerry S. Courneya, David S. Zucker, Charles E. Matthews, Jennifer A. Ligibel, Lynn H. Gerber, G. Stephen Morris, Alpa V. Patel, Trisha F. Hue, Frank M. Perna, Kathryn H. Schmitz. Exercise Guidelines for Cancer SurvivorsMedicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 2019; 51 (11): 2375 DOI: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000002116
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