Multiple Myeloma Support Group
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Today’s speaker was Jodi Steele of the Cancer Rehabilitation Center.
The rehab center is a not for profit outpatient service available to all individuals living with Cancer.
It offers - Interval Training Program
- Physiotherapy Service
- Educational Sessions
- 2 sessions per week for 10 weeks
- Program fee
There are 13 schools training 100 therapists per year in Canada, yet there is nothing in regards to Oncology.
Jodi founded the Cancer Rehab out of a need for it. Rehabilitation is very
Important to the recovery of patients with Cancer. There were brochures handed for all to read. Canada is very behind in this field but what Jodi is offering is very cutting edge.
Multiple Myeloma and it’s side effects
- studied the effects of aerobic interval training
- 3 times /week for 10 weeks
- cycle ergoometer
- 40% improvement in aerobic capacity
- patient could work longer
- patient could work at a higher capacity
-20 patients with cancer walking on a treadmill for 6 weeks
- significantly lower heart rate
- less fatigue
- Exercise group - interval 30 minutes per day
- less drop in white blood cells
- higher increases in natural cells that kill cancer
- those who did not exercise had a 27% decrease in physical performance
The feasibility of exercise during treatment of MM (2004)
- Interval Exercise
- individualized exercises are feasible
- decrease in fatigue
- decrease in mood disturbances
SIDE EFFECTS OF MM AND IT ‘S TREATMENTS
- 94% of oncologists treat pain
- 5% of oncologists treat fatigue
- recent studies show that fatigue is the most distressing phenomenon
- fatigue can be the cause for the discontinuation of treatment
- fatigue can also be the cause for limitation on doses of drugs
- 45% of patients experience fatigue after chemo
- maximum fatigue is usually reached in the fourth week of treatment
- prevalence of fatigue increases of the course of treatment
-diarrhea, vomiting brought on by fatigue
- cardio toxicity
- more stress on the heart
- destruction of red blood cells
- depression is a common result of cancer
- 20% - 50% of patients experience depression
- standard treatments include medication and counseling
- many studies support exercise as a treatment for depression
- increases muscle mass
- increases pulmonary ventilation and perfusion
- increases concentration of oxidative enzymes
- increases feelings of control
- social interaction
- can make positive changes in every system - cardiovascular
- neuromuscular - nerves
- endocrine - organs
WHAT DO EXPERTS RECOMMEND
- subtypes of exercise
- cardio/endurance - targets the heart, lungs, circulatory system
- strength training - targets the muscles and bones
- flexibility - keeps joints mobile and muscles relaxed
- stretching and yoga
- typical resting pulse is 70 - 80 BPM (beats per minute)
- to get an average resting pulse it should be taken first thing in the a.m. for 5 to 7 days and then take an average.
- higher than 80 BPM ; begin to exercise
- resting heart formula MHR = 220 - age (Maximum Heart Rate)
- target heart rate = MHR x % (50 - 75)
Frequency - number of days/week that one participates in a certain activity
Intensity - amount of effort one puts into the exercise, level of difficulty, and
Time - duration of activity
Type - specific activity that one takes part in
EXERCISES FOR MM
Jodi took questions and provided us with an exercise demonstration.
Lori thanked Jodi and shared some information.
Myeloma Canada has put out their first book. It is excellent and very informative. The books were handed out with the #3 Myeloma Canada quarterly report. If desired, donations can be made to MM Canada and receipts will be issued if requested.
- morning session on DVD
- group members were encourage to take them home to view and return them to be shared with everyone.
- fabulous session
Helen addressed us re: the October 14 Princess Margaret Walk.
Personal Donations were $35,000.00
Raised Donations were $119,000.00
Corporate Donations were $20,000.00
Total Donations were $171,000.00 which surpassed last year.
Donations can be made on line until December 31, 2007. Thanks to all who donated.
Next Meeting - Saturday, January 12, 2008
- New Year Celebration
- Pot Luck