survive strong

Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital's Rehabilitative Services have partnered with Lake Forest Health & Fitness Center to offer a cancer-related fatigue program, Survive Strong.

Through multiple research studies, evidence shows that low to moderate exercise in oncology patients can reduce and even prevent cancer-related fatigue, reduce side effects of chemotherapy and radiation, improve quality of life and possibly even improve survival rates.

This program is designed for individuals diagnosed with any stage of cancer who are experiencing fatigue or weakness, or are unsure how to initiate exercise. It is appropriate for anyone currently undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy, or who has completed cancer treatment within the past year.
 

Survive Strong
 

The Survive Strong program runs for eight weeks and consists of two weekly exercise sessions, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

 
Program Components

The Survive Strong program consists of:

  • Initial evaluation with an oncology/lymphedema physical therapist to assess your past and current medical history and make specific, individualized recommendations to you and your exercise specialist
  • Group exercise programs twice each week for eight weeks, led by a cancer exercise specialist.
  • Sessions include cardio, strengthening and flexibility exercises and are held in a semi-private area of the club.

Scholarships are available for program participants. Please see program requirements below. All Survive Strong physical therapists and personal trainers are certified Cancer Exercise Specialists.
 

Program Requirements

The following conditions must be met by anyone who would like to participate in the program:

  • Physical therapy evaluation referral from a physician, indicating approval to participate. Referral should state: “Physical Therapy Evaluation and Treat/Survive Strong Cancer Exercise Program.” Please fax referral to (847) 535-8001.
     
  • Registration completed prior to the start of the session by contacting Anthony Simone, Wellness Manager, at (847) 535-7140 or asimone@nm.org.
     
  • Initial evaluation completed at Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital prior to initiating the program. Call Central Scheduling at (847) 535-8000 to schedule an appointment with a physical therapist.
      
  • Completed Health History Questionnaire, submitted prior to the start of the session.

Learn more about Survive Strong by reading “Pumping Iron with Cancer Patients: Lake County’s Only Cancer-related Fatigue Program” or by reading our member testimonial below. For more information, call (847) 535-6528 and speak with one of our oncology physical therapists.

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