Patient Services

Maple Tree Cancer Alliance® is currently operating in 7 hospitals, working to improve the quality of life for those walking through cancer treatment. Through our programs we provide free exercise programs and nutritional guidance to help relieve some of the side effects related to various types of cancer treatments. We also come alongside of cancer patients to help them emotionally sort through all that they go through during the cancer treatment process.

 
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Why exercise?

The role of exercise in relieving cancer treatment related side effects has been extensively investigated and has produced promising results. Research indicates that the combination of aerobic exercise and strength training improves the quality of life and overall physical fitness for cancer survivors.

The Maple Tree Cancer Alliance® employs certified clinical cancer exercise specialists who design a personalized, structured progression of cancer rehabilitation for each patient from the initiation of cancer treatment throughout cancer remission. In general, four basic phases of rehabilitation are employed:

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Patients who are presently receiving chemotherapy or radiation.

 

Patients who only had surgery or hormone treatment, or have completed chemotherapy or radiation.

 

Patients who complete Phase II exercise program.

 

Patients who have completed Phase II and III and who are apparently healthy.

 

Each exercise intervention is individualized according to the patient’s health status and goals, and all sessions are completed one-on-one with the clinical cancer exercise specialist.

Program Objectives

The primary objectives of the exercise program are to:

  • Improve overall quality of life
  • Increase strength and endurance
  • Manage treatment-related side effects
  • Increase range of motion
  • Improve treatment tolerance

Cost

One training session per week: FREE

This FREE service ($300/month value) is paid through donations and by our annual fundraising events, so there is no cost to the patient for once per week training sessions. Click here to donate.

Exercise Questions?

karen.wonders@mapletreecanceralliance.org

 
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Why nutrition?

Nutritional guidance during cancer treatment is crucial, since patients often experience various issues with eating as a side effect of cancer treatment. Such side effects include: trouble swallowing, sore mouth, dry mouth, thick saliva, altered taste and smell, nausea and vomiting, decreased appetite and constipation. Nutritional interventions specific to these side effects have been shown to contribute to shorter hospital stays, decreased healthcare costs, faster healing, increased tolerance to treatment and higher treatment dosages, as well as decreased complications during cancer treatment.

Our Registered Dietitian provides nutritional education that empower patients to achieve optimal health and nutrition during cancer recovery. Patients are given the tools necessary to implement healthy eating and combat treatment-related side effects. A plant-based, whole foods approach to nutrition is emphasized.  

Think of Healthy Foods as Part of Your Medicine

Healthy foods play an important role in the care process for those undergoing cancer treatment, cancer survivors, and caretakers when trying to prevent and treat this disease. Consuming nutrient-dense, whole foods is the goal of our nutrition programs with less emphasis on processed, convenience foods that are full of fat, salt, sugar, additives and preservatives. Our program emphasis is on a plant-based diet with lean protein, colorful fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low fat dairy or dairy alternatives, healthy fats, and optimal hydration so you can feel your best while nourishing your body.

 

Program Objectives

The purpose of nutritional guidance is to help the patient:

  • Improve quality of life
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Improve treatment tolerance
  • Manage treatment-related side effects
  • Improve eating habits

MONTHLY SEMINARS

Second Monday of every month from 1-2 p.m. at Kettering Cancer Center.

NUTRITION Questions?

karen.wonders@mapletreecanceralliance.org


Programs created by Karen Wonders, Ph.D.