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Saturday, November 10, 2007

 

                                                                  

                                       MEETING

 

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.

 

TODAY’S AGENDA

 

Research

Multiple Myeloma and it’s side effects

Exercises

Cancer Rehab

Question Period

 

RESEARCH

 

MacVicar

- studied the effects of aerobic interval training

- 3 times /week for 10 weeks

- cycle ergoometer

Results

- 40% improvement in aerobic capacity

- patient could work longer

- patient could work at a higher capacity

 

Dimeo

-20 patients with cancer walking on a treadmill for 6 weeks

Results

- significantly lower heart rate

- less fatigue

 

Dimeo

- Exercise group - interval 30 minutes per day

Results

- 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

Results

- individualized exercises are feasible

- decrease in fatigue

- decrease in mood disturbances

 

SIDE EFFECTS OF MM AND IT ‘S TREATMENTS

 

FATIGUE

 

- 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

 

- 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

 

 

EXERCISE

 

- 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

                                                                   - respiratory

                                                                   - neuromuscular - nerves

                                                                   - endocrine - organs

                                                                   - metabolic

 

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)

 

 

FITT PRINCIPLE

 

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

 

Postural exercises

Balance

Core Stability

Proprioception Training

         

 

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.

 

LONDON SEMINAR

 

- 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