Breast Cancer Study With Lankenau Hospital
Breast Cancer Study With Lankenau Hospital and an article written in Main Line Today Magazine Click HERE
It was July 2007 and I was on my way to IDEA World Fitness Convention, a fitness conference held in San Diego, when I sat next to an research oncologist from Drexel University. We started talking about the IDEA Convention, the fitness business and how Vertex Fitness could relate what we do with the type of research he was doing. We talked about many thing; how to go about funding a study, what groups are out there that are doing funding, why they were funding these studies to getting the results published and how that helps everyone involved. It was a very interesting and informative conversation. I spent the whole week at the conference learning about the fitness business, all while this conversation I had on the plane kept replaying in my head. So, one of the first thing I did when I got home from the IDEA convention was talked with Vertex Fitness client Dr Paul Gilman, Medical Director at Lankenau Cancer Center. Dr. Gilman had been a client at Vertex Fitness for some time and he had seen great results. He had come to us with some low back and hip joint pain and through weeks and months of training with us the pain has slowly subsided. He and I sat down and talked about the idea of working together and producing a study that could help his patients. We talked about many things, but soon came back to the way the workouts were helping him, his joint pain had subsided and his low back was feeling a lot better. He told me how one of the drugs that is commonly prescribed to breast cancer patients causes a lot of joint pain. He also told me that because of this side effect many patients elect to go off the drug. Unfortunately, going off the drug is not recommended because it has be shown to keep these women in reemission after a bout with breast cancer. So we decided to see if doing the type of exercise we do at Vertex Fitness could help elevate some of the joint pain associated with taking these drugs. If it could help with the join pain, we think women will stay on the drugs longer, stay in reemission longer and have better quality in their life.
That is how this started. The following article was published in the October 2010 issue of Main Line Today Magazine. It talks abut the results of the pilot study and where we might go from here.
Thank you to Dr. Paul Gilman, Oncologist at Lankenau Hospital, Dr. Jessica Katz, Fellow at Lankenau Hospital, all of the patients that were willing to go through this study and Main LIne Today Magazine for publishing this article
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