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Many patients gain weight as a result of their cancer therapy. In addition to the distress this can cause, some studies have suggested that excess weight can lead to increased side effects from treatment, such as fatigue.
Studies also suggest that patients who lose weight through diet and exercise may have more energy, feel better, and be at lower risk of developing other medical problems, such as high blood pressure or diabetes.
Jennifer Ligibel, MD, director of Dana-Farber's Leonard P. Zakim Center for Integrative Therapies, recently conducted this program as a research study to look at the effectiveness of a group-based weight loss program to help cancer survivors lose weight and feel better after completing cancer treatment. The study results were presented at the 2016 Cancer Survivorship Symposium of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO).
The Healthy Living Weight Loss Program aims to provide support and resources to help cancer patients lose weight and feel better. A health coach and a clinical exercise specialist with expertise in working with cancer patients will lead the classes. The program will focus on increasing muscle mass and fitness levels, while decreasing body fat and fatigue, and giving patients healthier diet and exercise patterns and a better quality of life.
All Dana-Farber patients who meet the following requirements are welcome to register for participation:
If you are unsure of whether the program is a good fit, please speak with your care team before registering.
The program involves weekly meetings for 15 weeks. Each session lasts for 60 minutes and consists of discussion of a diet and/or exercise topic. Registration is limited to 16 participants and is on a first come, first served basis. Two sessions are held each Tuesday, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. and from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Each session accommodates eight participants.
Participants receive the following as part of the program:
Registration is currently closed. If you would like to register for a future session of the program, or if you have questions, please contact the Zakim Center at 617-632-3322 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.