The Breast Cancer Survivor's Fitness Plan (Harvard Medical School Guides)
The Breast Cancer Survivor's Fitness Plan (Harvard Medical School Guides)
The Breast Cancer Survivor's Fitness Plan (Harvard Medical School Guides)
Price: $2.91 FREE for Members
Type: eBook
Released: 2006
Page Count: 272
Format: pdf
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0071465782
ISBN-13: 9780071487092
User Rating: 4.6667 out of 5 Stars! (3 Votes)


This is a remarkable book that's chock full of interesting things you may not know. It's aimed at the 2 million-plus women now living in the United States who've been treated for breast cancer, but I was fascinated with it and I'm not in that number. It contains clear explanations, real-life stories, straightforward diagrams, lists of resources and descriptions of surgery and implant options. It's the first Harvard doctor-approved workout book designed specifically for breast cancer survivors and the first to address each type of surgery and treatment with separate, appropriate exercise prescriptions. In fact, the book contains almost 100 pages of recommended exercises, all designed to help combat the heavy toll taken on a woman's body by breast cancer treatments. It's a collaboration between Master Reebok trainers Joy Prouty and Josie Gardiner, health writer Francesca Coltrera and Dr. Carolyn Kaelin, the founding director of the Comprehensive Breast Health Center at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. Coltrera did the lion's share of writing and her style is pleasantly conversational and accessible, especially considering the dense medical information that's imparted. True story: I found myself engrosssed while reading about the lymphatic system. It's fascinating! Who knew?

(Palm Beach Post )

From the Back Cover

The only breast cancer recovery program designed by a Harvard doctor and survivor and approved by the American Council on Exercise (ACE)

Feel healthy again. Regain control of your life.

Exciting new research reveals that regular exercise can reduce the chance of breast cancer recurrence and extend your life. Exercise can also help you recover energy, strength, and flexibility diminished by lifesaving breast cancer treatments.

Dr. Carolyn Kaelin is a leading breast cancer surgeon who understands the important links among exercise, recovery, and the quality of life--and she is a breast cancer survivor, too. Designed with master trainers Josie Gardner and Joy Prouty, The Breast Cancer Survivor's Fitness Plan features effective, inspiring workouts tailored for each type of surgery and adapted for differing fitness levels.

Feel strong again and

Improve your flexibility and balance Rebuild your muscles Protect your bones Enhance your appearance, vitality, and all-around health

For more information on Dr. Kaelin about breast cancer treatment and recovery, read her award-winning book Living Through Breast Cancer.

Marianne Elliott (Atlanta, GA) | 5 out of 5 Stars!

For someone searching for information and answers, this is an excellent source. As a breast cancer patient, I was looking for information sources to help me learn, understand, cope and come through as a survivor, and this book is definitely on my list of recomended reading for anyone else searching. Very informative, well-laid out and full of tips and hints for coping with treatment as well as afterwards.

Teresa Stevens (Fairmont, WV USA) | 4 out of 5 Stars!

This book is packed with information. The explanations are clear and easily understood. The exercises recommended are illustrated and instructions are explained in layman's terms. It provided information that I did not receive from my doctor regarding those all important exercises. Ex. Warm Ups after surgery.

I subscribe to the school that knowledge is power and this book provided more information to me that was helpful. I recommend it.

Carolyn M. Helmke (Palo Alto, CA United States) | 5 out of 5 Stars!

This is a great book for women with breast cancer who want to be strong or stay strong. It has great information on what kind of exercise we need and has specific exercises for our various surgeries. When I started chemo everyone told me that 80% of women gain weight. I was lucky to find a local fitness program for people with cancer (Living Strong Living Well) and I was able to work out during the time I took Taxol. Not only did I not gain weight but I know how to lift weights and feel so strong. This book will now help me get through Tamoxifen and work on being fit for life. Well done!

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