A physiatrist is a physician that is specialized in rehabilitation medicine. People who have cancer very often have a variety of different cancer related musculoskeletal problems, says Dr. Adrian Cristian, Cancer Rehabilitation Physiatrist with Miami Cancer Institute. Diet is very important in cancer patients too. Carla Araya, Registered Dietitian with Miami Cancer Institute, says her goal as a nutritionist is to optimize the nutritional status before, during and after the treatment. She also says the treatment is individualized. Prehab therapies are very useful in patients who are in cancer treatment, she says.
Prehabilitation is the time period when the patient first gets diagnosed until a treatment really starts. It's an opportunity to really take the patients individually and optimize them physically, nutritionally and psychologically for getting them ready for the battle against cancer. Dr. Adrian Cristian, Cancer Rehabilitation Physiatrist with Miami Cancer Institute, explains these prehabilitation processes have a lot of benefits in the course of the diagnosis such as a better tolerance to side effects of the cancer treatment.
Dr. Adrian Cristian, Cancer Rehabilitation Physiatrist with Miami Cancer Institute, says 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week is a nice benchmark to the target in prehabilitation for cancer patients. He also adds strength training is also a very important part of that, but he highlights the importance of an individualized exercise program. The specialist recommends exercising the major muscle groups of the body such as upper extremities, the arms, the legs, the core muscles of the abdomen and the back extension.
Dr. Adrian Cristian, Cancer Rehabilitation Physiatrist with Miami Cancer Institute, talks about weight management during cancer treatment and says It's very important to maintain the weight management just right. He advises working with a nutritionist to really identify what is the best strategy to reduce the weight and incorporate the exercise routine. The first step is starting to eat healthy, says Carla Araya, Registered Dietitian at the same place.
Being a cancer patient is tough as well as being a family member or caregiver of that patient. Adrian Cristian, Physiatrist at Miami Cancer Institute, says it is convenient to make that family member be knowledgeable about the cancer itself. Teaching practical skills, how to take care of the person with the diagnosis and getting them through the cancer treatments could also be a physyatrist's work. "That resiliency in the individual but the support of the family is a true strength to that person's recovery from cancer," he highlights.