One of the unique aspects of Provision Center for Proton Therapy is the Culture of Care that patients experience as well as the wholistic approach to offered to each patient. One aspect of that is nourishing and healing the body through exercise and nutrition. Patients and family members of patients are encouraged to take advantage of the comprehensive wellness center located on the Dowell Springs campus right across the street from Provision Center for Proton Therapy. Patients undergoing proton therapy treatments, and their family members, can have access to Provision Health & Performance for only $10 per week while the patient is undergoing treatment. The center offers personal training, fitness classes, nutritional counseling and physical therapy. Incorporating fitness and good nutrition while undergoing treatment is an important component of the treatment and healing process.
Eating well is very important for patients diagnosed with cancer and under cancer treatment. Balance and moderation in the nutrients consumed as well as meal / snack timing is necessary to:
• maintain strength and energy level
• prevent wasting of body tissue / muscle mass
• lower the risk of infections
• repair / recover faster
The four main nutritional goals for cancer patients include:
• Strive to maintain a healthy weight
• Consume foods and beverages for managing cancer and treatment-related side effects
• Select and eat healthy foods that supply the body with fuel and nutrients for repair and healing
• Reduce risk of cancer recurrence and the development of a second malignancy
Physical activity can help you maintain muscle mass, muscle strength and bone strength, reduce depression, stress, fatigue, nausea and constipation, and improve appetite. Energy levels vary depending on the type of cancer, stage of cancer and type of treatment. Therefore, the amount and type of physical activity can vary greatly from one person to another. A realistic goal for physical activity is one that is individualized and may change from one day to the next. Ideally, aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate activity, like walking, each week. Rest when you need to. If 150 minutes seems too much, that is ok. Now is not the time to push yourself to exercise. Even small amounts of movement are beneficial. The beautiful Dowell Springs campus is home to a scenic 2-mile walking trail that meanders by waterfalls and breathtaking natural landscaping. A daily walk on the trail is a perfect way to get some exercise and enjoy the peaceful beauty of our campus.
For more information on the services offered at Provision Health & Performance call (865) 232-1414
Casey Peer is Chief Dietitian at Provision Health and Performance. To set up a personal nutritional counseling session with Casey, please contact her at (865) 232-1414.