Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders Moves Forward With New Weight Management Program

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Cancer treatment at The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders in Fort Worth moves forward with a new weight management program challenging survivors to exercise their options to reduce the chances of cancer returning and build self-confidence.

Cancer treatment at The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders in Fort Worth, http://www.thecentertx.com, moves forward with a new weight management program challenging survivors to exercise their options to reduce the chances of cancer returning and build self-confidence.

The 12 week exercise and nutrition program is free of charge and open to any cancer survivor. The program includes an hour-long work out with a physical trainer, three times a week from 6:45 a.m. to7:45 a.m. Participants learn how to develop healthy eating habits by meeting with a certified dietitian every two weeks. To address cancer-related issues, Helena Iannaccone, an oncology-certified nurse practitioner and cancer survivor, meets with each individual four times during the course of the program.

Iannacone said, “After my cancer treatment ended, I was suddenly alone with fears about the disease coming back. During treatment, I was surrounded by the encouragement of nurses and doctors, plus I was doing something to take care of myself. This weight management program gives people an extended sense of doing something about cancer returning. Their spirits are lifted by the company of other survivors, plus it is well known that exercise reduces stress and helps you feel less tense. Turning to calorie-filled comfort food does not have to be the answer.”

According to the National Cancer Institute, preventing weight gain can lower the risk of breast cancer, colon cancer, endometrial cancer, kidney cancer, and esophageal cancer. A recent report estimated that in the United States 14% of deaths from cancer in men and 20% of deaths in women were due to being overweight.

Although more studies are needed on the effects of different types of cancer recurrence, research has shown that women who are overweight at the time of breast cancer diagnosis and who gain weight during cancer treatment face a higher likelihood of breast cancer recurrence and have worse survival rates.

Background on CCBD:

The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, http://www.thecentertx.com, offers world-class cancer treatment in Fort Worth and the surrounding area. Healing is focused on a patient’s entire life—physical, emotional and spiritual. Eighteen cancer physicians and a staff of more than ninety medical and administrative professionals provide cancer care to more than 6,000 patients annually at clinic sites located at: Fort Worth – Central Campus, Fort Worth – Southwest, Fort Worth – N. Medical Ctr., Arlington, Weatherford, Burleson, Cleburne, Mineral Wells, Granbury, and Stephenville.

The Center’s central campus in Fort Worth is an all-encompassing cancer treatment facility, offering a wide range of services at a single location. Focusing on offering cancer care with compassion and concern, patients benefit from a multi-disciplinary team of medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, hematologists, pathologists, radiologists, surgeons, researchers, nurse specialists, dieticians, and other patient support professionals.

CCBD patients are provided with cancer treatment using the most advanced equipment and technology including chemotherapy, radiation therapy (IMRT and IGRT), immunologic and hormonal therapies, CyberKnife System® radiation, PET/CT scanning, nuclear imaging radiology services, and diagnostic laboratory services. In addition, patients are offered clinical trials, cancer navigator services, massage therapy, acupuncture, psychology services, genetic counseling, nutritional counseling, and social/financial services. For more information, visit http://www.thecentertx.com.

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