Exercise for Cancer?

Exercise to prevent and keep Cancer from returning?

Are you kidding me? Who feels like exercising when they have stage 3 or 4 cancer? You should. Old school medicine said to go home, take it easy, get plenty of rest, right? WRONG!

Harvard says Exercise for Cancer!

Here’s what I mean: “A 2005 study by researchers at Harvard Medical School found that breast cancer patients who exercise moderately for 3-5 hours a week but their odds of dying from cancer by about half compared to sedentary patients” By HALF?  AND, if you’re a male, if you work out with weights, you can be “between 30-40-% less likely to lose your life to a deadly cancer.” Help me out here, 30-40% LESS LIKELY TO DIE BY PUMPING IRON?

Exercise for Cancer is a great idea!

One of our long-term survivors, Rick Hill, who was at Oasis of Hope in 1974, to treat stage three, high-grade embryonal cell carcinoma had this to say about exercise: “Having had stage three cancer, 40 years ago, I understand that when you are a male and down to 121 pounds, hitting the track or the gym is not a primary goal, but it needs to be. I started playing racquet ball in 1976 and played in the city league for more than six years. It was a sweat bath 4-5 times per week. Due to a total of almost ten hours of surgery, the pumping iron was about a year later but now, 40 years later, I just joined the YMCA to start pumping iron after I read the Harvard study!”

Join us to exercise to help conquer cancer.

Whether you are just diagnosed, in the throes of  fighting active cancer, or trying to keep it at bay, Diet, Detox, Attitude, and Exercise may be the four legs of your health chair. Take one away, it topples. Don’t topple. Keep all four legs working for you. Even if you just walk to the corner and back this week, and two blocks the next week, you will eventually get to where you can walk a couple of miles. If possible find something you enjoy doing. I enjoy tennis and snow skiing. You might want to take up racquetball. One of our former patients took up competitive ballroom dancing and kept his weight down, his vitals good, and met a lot of nice people in the process. Exercise doesn’t have to be a grind.




About DrContreras

Dr. Francisco Contreras serves as director, president and chairman of the Oasis of Hope Hospital. A distinguished oncologist and surgeon, Contreras is renowned for combining conventional and alternative medical treatments with emotional and spiritual support to provide patients with the most positive treatment experience possible. Oasis of Hope was founded by Contreras’ father, Dr. Ernesto Contreras, Sr. in 1963, and since then the hospital has provided integrative cancer treatment for more than 100,000 patients. As director, Contreras continues the practice of his father’s two fundamental principles – do no harm and treat the patient as yourself. Today, Contreras oversees the treatment of 800 cancer patients annually. After graduating with honors from medical school at the Autonomous University of Mexico in Toluca, Contreras studied alternative therapy at the Oasis of Hope Hospital. He then completed his specialty in surgical oncology at the University of Vienna in Austria, where he also graduated with honors. Contreras has authored and co-authored several books concerning integrative therapy, cancer and heart disease prevention and chronic illness, including “The Hope of Living Cancer Free,” “The Hope of Living Long and Well,” “Fighting Cancer 20 Different Ways” and “Dismantling Cancer.” His newest book with co-author Daniel E. Kennedy, “Hope, Medicine & Healing,” is scheduled for release in fall 2008. In addition to writing for numerous medical journals, Contreras has participated in medical conferences such as the World Conference on Breast Cancer and is active in the Cancer Control Society. He has been a part of governmental organizations, including the Georgia House of Representatives Health Policy Task Force and the Japanese Medical Association. He has also been on special assignment to Slovakia as a member of the Mexican Health Advisory Board. A qualified entry-level professional motorcycle racer, Contreras says that racing is similar to performing surgery in that it requires 100 percent focus. Contreras and his wife, Rosa, have four daughters and one son. The family attends church in Bonita, Calif., and enjoys skiing and travel.
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2 Responses to Exercise for Cancer?

  1. Great article!! I am an exercise oncology researcher from Sydney, Australia and I commonly have had interesting conversations with patients and oncologists about why cancer patients should be exercising. One of the studies I conducted included stage 4 ovarian cancer patients, who were going through chemotherapy – and it was shown to be beneficial for them!

    Please come by my site and check out what I have done, keep up the good work!

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