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Friendship, exercise and relaxation for cancer patients

PEACEAre you or someone you know currently in cancer treatment, recently finished treatment or a long-term survivor and need a place to find friendship, encouragement and help for mind, body and spirit? Mercy Medical Center’s PEACE exercise and relaxation program serves people in all stages of their journey with cancer.

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Bouncing back from cancer: rehab services

Many people may understand the benefits of receiving rehabilitative therapies (physical, occupational and/or speech therapy) after a car accident, back surgery, or a stroke, but for… cancer?

The answer is a resounding YES!

During cancer treatment, rehabilitative therapies can offer care in treating surgical scars, reducing swelling, improving joint motion and strength, managing chronic fatigue, cancer-related pain and chemo-induced neuropathy.

Cancer survivorship (post cancer treatment) is about staying strong, being fit and preventing cancer recurrence. Exercising 3-5 hours per week has been shown to have a positive influence in cancer care short and long term.

Rehabilitative therapies can help a person develop an appropriate exercise program taking into account their blood count levels, fatigue levels, target heart rate and lifestyle.

For more information, visit the American Cancer Society website.

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