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Exercising during chemotherapy: Arthur McWilliams’s success story

Posted by Rebecca Evans on July 1st, 2014 | No Comments »
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Events - I know you’re tired, don’t feel like eating and just want to crawl into bed. But motion = life. Exercise helps crush many different challenges, physically and mentally. It overloads the body's software and hard drive, makes all the human systems communicate and unifies the body. You feel better because your body and muscles are active. Exercise also boosts the immune system through positive energy, and gives patients an extra boost during their toughest days. Arthur McWilliams, 64, who is former military, has multiple sclerosis and is battling liver cancer for the third time. He faced the fear of cancer with progressive workouts. He took his health and recovery into his own hands and fought these horrible diseases. Arthur’s story Exercise is important for good health. I have always known this. But I did not know until I was diagnosed with liver cancer that exercise is an excellent adjunct therapy during chemotherapy for cancer patients. Exercising during chemotherapy? This blew my mind. Prior to my own diagnosis, I had thought one recoiled to the underside of the duvet to wait out the various side effects – fatigue, nausea, pain and neuropathy – of chemotherapy. Chemotherapy can leave you feeling tired, cognitively impaired, nauseous and in pain. Chemotherapy ...

Research progress report: Obesity and colorectal cancer risk

Posted by Jenny Twesten, Coordinator, Research and Programs on June 30th, 2014 | 1 Comment »
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Research - Joel Mason, M.D., at Tufts University was awarded the Marvin M. Davis Research Award in Colorectal Cancer by the Prevent Cancer Foundation last year for his project on obesity and colorectal cancer risk. Below is an update on his project as he marks the halfway point. What led to your interest in colorectal cancer prevention research? My initial interest in colorectal cancer prevention was stimulated by a quite remarkable role model, Dr. Bernard Levin, whom I worked ...

Enjoy the Capitol Riverfront at the Prevent Cancer 5k Walk/Run

Posted by Kristen Fagley, Director of Special Events on June 26th, 2014 | No Comments »
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Events - The Prevent Cancer Foundation is thrilled to be returning to Nationals Park for our annual 5k Walk/Run on September 21. Nearly 2,000 people will come together to raise funds for and learn about cancer prevention and early detection. They will also get a taste of all the Capitol Riverfront area has to offer, as they move along the scenic route on the riverfront boardwalk through Yards Park, and back to Nationals Park, where they can ...

Easy, healthy breakfast in under ten minutes

Posted by Monique Smaby, Program & Communications Coordinator, Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program on June 25th, 2014 | No Comments »
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Healthy Eating - We all love breakfast food - just not when we are running off to work and eating in the car on our commute. Many of us even vouch for skipping breakfast altogether. For years, I have made it a part of my routine to eat a healthy and tasty breakfast every morning. Like our moms always said, breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day. Studies show that mom is right: eating a ...