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Exercise During and After Cancer Treatment
Topics will include research based information on:
  • Safely exercising during and after cancer treatment
  • Benefits of exercise
Discussion about fatigue, lymphedema, neuropathy, pelvic floor issues, bone density and much more...

When: October 7th 1:00-2:30 pm
Where: Cancer Rehab Austin

Presenter Bio:
Angela Wicker-Ramos PT, DPT, CLT- LANA is the owner, certified lymphedema therapist, and oncology physical therapist for Cancer Rehab Austin.
Join us for our seminar on "Legal aspects of illness" This presentation will discuss making legal, financial and medical decisions throughout your life, including times of illness and crisis.

When: October 28th 2:00-3:30 pm
Where: Cancer Rehab Austin

Presenter Bio:
Litigation specialist Virginia Sampson has practiced law for 35 years, and has also served as a judge.She is an expert when it comes to helping her clients plan and prepare for unexpected events, like illness, and expected ones that come with aging. She draws on her own experience, helping her parents through numerous challenges. She prepares power of attorney documents, wills, and trusts. She can help you and your loved ones better understand how to be prepared financially for long term care, etc. Virginia is also accredited with the Veterans Administration and experienced with VA claims.
Yoga and Essential Oils
Cancer Rehab Austin is excited to collaborate with Em Strong from iemstrong for this healing event.
(Note the location for this event is at Body Business)

Em Strong's inspiration for this event:
"We don't need competition, we need community, collaboration, connection. And this can come from gaining the confidence and power to stand in our own truth and inspire others to do the same. One way is by balancing our chakras. This class will get you feeling confident, strong, powerful, rooted and balanced through essential oils, mantra and love."

When: November 11th 2:00-3:30 pm
Where: Body Business
2700 W Anderson Lane

Presenter bio:  
Em Strong is the founder of iemstrong and the creator of Smudge Strong. She has a Masters degree in psychology, has over 400+ hours of yoga training and is a yoga4cancer certified yoga teacher. 

Acupressure and Cancer Recovery: Points to Help You Heal
A hands on workshop for patients and their caregivers! In this powerful presentation, you will walk away with specific acupressure points to use while recovering from conventional treatments. Conditions covered will include: hot flashes, fatigue and pain (including neuropathy).

When: November 18th 2:00-3:30 pm
Where: Cancer Rehab Austin

Presenter:
Agnes Nowakowski L.Ac, (TX), AP, DOM (FL) is the acupuncturist at Cancer Rehab Austin.

"In 2012 I spent time in the infusion room at Texas Oncology using acupressure to help alleviate side effects of chemotherapy. Since then, I teach my patients some basic points that they can use daily to self-treat for a variety of conditions. In September I’m offering my first public workshop on this very popular topic. First we’ll discuss pressure points to use during chemotherapy. We’ll cover nausea and vomiting, anxiety and insomnia. In the follow-up session I’ll cover side effects experienced after chemotherapy such as fatigue, hot flashes and pain (including neuropathy).
Acupressure uses the same points as acupuncture – except instead of needles we use finger pressure and/or ear seeds (which I’ll supply for the workshops). Acupressure is a gentle stimulation, and an effective therapy which releases tension, increases circulation, boosts the immune system and can help develop our spirituality. While it is extremely safe, there are some cautions to be aware of.
  • Apply finger pressure slowly and rhythmically. Do not use forceful or abrupt motions.
  • Use caution in lymphatic areas such as near the armpits, groin or near your collarbone. These are sensitive areas especially if you’ve had any nodes removed. Do not press, instead touch lightly.
  • Do not do any acupressure on recent scars, burns or injuries. Use caution after radiation when skin is tender and sore. However applying gentle pressure a few inches away from the tender spot can help increase blood flow and help it heal.
  • If using ear seeds, please remove the seeds after a few days. The seeds use small pieces of tape to hold in place. If you notice any irritation, please remove and wash with soap and water.
Even self care should be done under the guidance of a trained professional. I’m always available to answer questions and offer suggestions on how best to incorporate Chinese Medicine into your care. Using the right point prescription for your needs is the best way to increase efficacy of treatments. I hope to see you at a CRA workshop!"
-Agnes Nowakowski
Tumor vessel normalization after aerobic exercise enhances chemotherapeutic efficacy

Oncotarget. 2016 Oct 4; 7(40)
The authors of the study report:

“Tumor vessels are highly disorganized with disrupted blood flow impeding drug delivery to cancer cells… We show that moderate aerobic exercise with chemotherapy caused a significantly greater decrease in tumor growth than chemotherapy alone through improved chemotherapy delivery after tumor vascular normalization.” 

"Together with other studies demonstrating safety and feasibility of exercise regimens for patients undergoing cancer treatment, our findings represent a mechanistic explanation of an easily translatable intervention that is likely to have large clinical impact."

Because Movement is Medicine
by Shelby Walters
(Cancer survivor, Pilates instructor)
"Yes, You Should Move During Chemo..."
"I’ve thought a lot about where the motivation to be physically active throughout cancer treatment comes from. At some point, and maybe multiple points, you are going to feel like absolute garbage. If you’ve had radiation, you might have burns, if you’ve had surgery, you will have incisions and bruised insides, and if you’re undergoing chemo, there are a whole hosts of side effects that could potentially arise, none of them desirous. If you’re doing any combination of the above, along with a number of treatments I have absolutely no experience with, well then, as we say in Texas, bless your sweet heart. So how, and even more importantly, why, in the midst of all this, will you find yourself motivated to move? Because movement is medicine"

We are so proud of our acupuncturist Agnes!
Agnes is pursuing her Doctorate degree in Integrative Medicine at the prestigious Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. PCOM is one of the largest and most well respected schools of Chinese Medicine. Her passion continues to be integrating oncology care for all patients and she’s excited to bring deeper knowledge and experience to CRA.
Other Events in Our Community
Services Offered at CRA
Oncology Physical Therapy

Contact our oncology rehab physical therapist Dr. Angela Wicker-Ramos PT, CLT-LANA to schedule a session.  (Click here for more info)

(512) 524-0964

Lymphedema Treatment

Contact our certified lymphedema therapist Dr. Angela Wicker-Ramos PT, CLT-LANA to schedule treatment.  (Click here for more info)

(512) 524-0964

Acupuncture

Dr. Agnes Nowakowski L.AC (TX), MACOM, DIPLOM, DOM (FL) is CRA's acupuncturist.  (Click here for more info)
Contact Agnes to schedule an appointment:
(512) 731-2462
Massage Therapy

Our massage therapy team consists of:
Geri Ruane LMT, OMT, CLT and Ashley Hiatt LMT, OMT, CMLDT.  (Click here for more info)

Yoga Therapy

CRA offers private yoga sessions taught by Kimberly Wharton. 

Schedule today with Kimberly:
(323) 363-3050

Free Nutritional Consults

Free nutrition consultations are offered at by Dr. Krystle Zuniga Phd, RD.  (Click here for more info)

For more information or to set up an appointment, contact Krystle Zuniga at: kezuniga@gmail.com.
Cancer Rehab Austin | Phone: 512-524-0964 | Fax: 512-524-0936 
email: angela@cancerrehabaustin.com| Website: www.cancerrehabaustin.com