This program is open to current patients of the Cancer Center before, during and after treatment. The program services include exercise, massage therapy, nutritional counseling, stress management, and intimacy counseling. Referral to the program must be given by the patient's oncologist. The oncologist will determine if the patient is ready to begin the program or if they need to complete skilled therapy (RehabWorks) first.
The program provides a complimentary 12-week membership to HealthPlus where the patient receives an orientation by a Certified Cancer Exercise Specialist, an individual exercise plan based on their individual needs and goals and orientation to the facility. They will have access to group fitness classes (as appropriate) as well as individual plans. One-on-one, personalized training is provided until the patient is comfortable and confident that they can safely do the exercise on their own. Follow up is provided with the patient's physician as they progress through the program, updating the oncologist on the frequency of exercise as well as any changes in blood pressure, heart rate and weight/body fat.
This 12 week program is FREE! Upon completion of the program, the patient may join HealthPlus for $42/month if they choose to continue.
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I had the opportunity of meeting “Mr. Jim” last fall when he became a part of the He and his wife had been long time, faithful members of HealthPlus. Jim was referred to the program by his oncologist after chemo and radiation treatments the previous year had left him fatigued and not as active as he had been previously. He was eager to know how to resume an exercise program safely and was excited to be back at HealthPlus! I met with him regularly as we focused on improving his strength and endurance and helping him develop the confidence to continue his program on his own! Once his time with the Goodson's Oncology Wellness Program was complete, Jim continued his exercises and exceeded all expectations that we set for him. His persistence and positive attitude is an encouragement to other members!
Jim was diagnosed in 2010 with esophageal cancer. He had chemo and radiation in the Summer, 2010. He has a difficult recovery and he was too weak from the operation for a long time. He had the "Ivor Lewis" esophagogastrectomy with the da Vinci computer operation on September 12, 2011. When Dr. Linda Farmer finally thought that he was strong enough, Jim started working out with Elizabeth as part of the Goodson’s Oncology Wellness program. In the beginning, he just walked 5 minutes and did a few strength exercises on the machines. Eventually, he was able to increase his walking time to 30 minutes in addition to the machines. Recently, he started using the stair climber and he will increase the time slowly to what he could do before the operation. Jim has always exercised at home and he has no problem making it an important part of every day! Jim has the highest praise for the Goodson’s Oncology Wellness Program program led by Elizabeth!
Jack describes his life changing experience with the Goodson Oncology Wellness Program
In May of 2011 I was still recovering from a car wreck that almost took my life and avascular necrosis where I had to have two total hip replacements.
I thought that my life could not get any worse until one day I started having bad side pains. It turned out to be a tumor that weighed ten pounds.
It was removed and the doctor said the dreaded words, it was ovarian cancer. I went through twelve weeks of aggressive chemo and that was the worst thing I have ever been through in my life.
As soon as I finished chemo, I was referred to Health Plus Fitness Center for three months because my doctor said that if helped cancer patients recover. I have been going to Health Plus for about three and a half months now and it is one of the best decisions of my life. It made me forget about the chemo and what I went through and it showed me that there was life after cancer. Elizabeth is my trainer and I could not have asked for anyone better. I now smile again and have hope, whereas before, it was completely gone. I recommend this program to anyone who has been through what I have been through because it will show you life after cancer and it will show you happiness and fitness at the same time!