Effects of Promoting Activity and Healthy Lifestyles in Cancer

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Effects of Promoting Physical Activity and Healthy Lifestyles in Cancer Patients

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Wendt Center Partners with the Wisconsin Physical Activity and Epidemiology Lab and University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center  

Earlier this year, Finley’s Wendt Regional Cancer Center hosted an educational opportunity for providers and cancer-focused clinicians to learn about the effects of promoting physical activity and healthy lifestyles in cancer patients. 

Lisa Cadmus-Bertram, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Kinesiology at the University of Wisconsin - Madison and a member of the Cancer Prevention and Control program at the UW Carbone Cancer Center. She holds a joint Ph.D. in Epidemiology and Psychology from Yale University and has 14 years of research experience in energetics and cancer. 

Her research overview states, “Physical activity is associated with a reduced risk of several cancers, including breast, prostate, and colorectal cancers. Similarly, physical activity is associated with significantly better survival from these tumors.” Her research includes adherence to home-based exercise training, activity validation through fitness trackers, the connection of sedentary behavior and breast cancer, active living in survivorship care plans.  

She presented initial results of several research projects, of which highlights include: 

  • When measured objectively, less than 5 percent of adults are getting the recommended amounts of physical activity (150 minutes/week of moderate activity or 75 minutes/week of vigorous activity or an equivalent combination of both). 
  • Individuals who are the least inactive have the greatest benefits for making small changes in their activity level. 
  • Duration of physical activity is not as important as the act of doing some form of physical activity. 

The aim of the Wendt Center is for cancer patients and survivors to live their healthiest life possible. Backed by Lisa’s research, cancer therapy can help patients realize their goals.