The Oncology Nurse Community To Host Live Webinar On Exercising With Cancer Highlights Research on Benefits of Exercise Following Cancer Diagnosis in Improving Strength, Physical Function and Overall Quality of Life

NORWALK, Conn., Sept. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- UBM Medica US announced that its online community for oncology nurses – TheONC.org – will host a webinar, "Exercise and Cancer: Keep Moving," on September 24, 2012 at 12 p.m. EDT. The webinar will review the positive impact of regular exercise on patients with breast, prostate, lung and other common cancers, as well as highlight how exercise can drastically reduce the risk of developing cancer.

Although less than half of the U.S. population engages in the recommended 150 minutes of weekly exercise, physical activity is a key component to health and well-being, and research shows this holds true even for those suffering with cancer. Rather than further depleting their physical resources, exercise has been shown to improve aerobic fitness, muscular strength, energy level, emotional health, and overall quality of life. Exercise can also help patients regain function that may be impaired by cancer therapy, such as range of motion and balance. This webinar aims to ensure nurses are educated on the role of exercise in a cancer therapy program so they can provide optimal care for their patients.

TheONC webinar presenter Donna Wilson, a clinical nurse specialist and personal trainer with the Integrative Medicine Center at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, said, "Research into the effects of regular exercise for those dealing with cancer supports the profound physical and psychological benefits that I see daily in my work with patients. Oncology nurses play a critical role in managing patient care, and have the opportunity to recommend practices outside the clinical realm to complement medical treatment. TheONC enables nurses to introduce and discuss new research and best practices in cancer therapy, and incorporate this learning into our own professional approach."

Key highlights of "Exercise and Cancer: Keep Moving" include:

  • Discussion of impact of exercise on physical and emotional health following diagnosis
  • Suggestions to provide to patients about exercise programs
  • Safety of exercise during and after cancer treatment
  • Research on reducing the risk of developing cancer through physical activity, as well as its role in improving outcomes for patients with cancer
  • A question and answer period following the presentation

Launched in February 2012, TheONC is a free, online community exclusively for oncology nurses and the cancer care teams that support them. TheONC unites nurses in a secure environment where they can leverage their collective knowledge, nurture professional growth, and emotionally support each other.  Through shared experiences and access to free educational resources such as the melanoma webinar, members of TheONC can improve quality of life for themselves and quality of care for the patients they treat.

For more information, or to register for this free webinar, visit TheONC at www.TheONC.org.

TheONC is supported by an unrestricted grant from Bristol-Myers Squibb.

About UBM Medica US
Addressing today's healthcare information needs, UBM Medica US, delivers strategic, integrated communications solutions and comprehensive reach—online, in print, and via custom programs. Improving the effectiveness of healthcare through information and education, UBM Medica US provides unbiased clinical, practical, and business information for physicians, providers, payers, and patients around the world. Through journals, magazines, websites, online communities, drug databases, digital events, and other valuable resources, UBM Medica US also delivers comprehensive communication solutions for the pharmaceutical and related industries. Websites include CancerNetwork.com, ConsultantLive.com, DiagnosticImaging.com, MusculoskeletalNetwork.com, OBGYN.net, PhysiciansPractice.com, PsychiatricTimes.com and SearchMedica.com. UBM Medica US is part of UBM Connect – which provides marketing services across a number of communities, the largest of which are healthcare, medical device design and advanced manufacturing. UBM Connect is a UBM plc company.  For more information, visit www.UBMMedicaUS.com

Media contact:
Amy Erdman
VP, Marketing
203-523-7041
amy.erdman@ubm.com

Lisa Cook
The Ruth Group
646-536-7012
lcook@theruthgroup.com

SOURCE UBM Medica US



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