Lahey Clinic and YMCA of Greater Boston Launch Free Exercise Classes for Breast Cancer Patients and Survivors

Release Date: 06/08/2010 

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Lahey Clinic and YMCA of Greater Boston Launch Free Exercise Classes for Breast Cancer Patients and Survivors

Burlington, Mass. – The Lahey Clinic today announced a new partnership with the YMCA of Greater Boston to provide a specially designed exercise program called The Pink Program to local area breast cancer patients and survivors. Today, more than two million women living in the United States have been treated for breast cancer. This year in Massachusetts, an estimated 4,200 women will follow in their footsteps. Yet the very treatments that save lives leave exhaustion and numerous health concerns in their wake.

The Pink Program is a safe, effective 12-week fitness class designed for women in the midst of breast cancer treatment or even years beyond it. The breast cancer recovery program provides four simple, yet powerful workouts tailored to the challenges that follow breast cancer and reconstructive surgeries and adapted for all fitness levels. Solid research shows that the right blend of exercise:

• lowers the odds of breast cancer recurrence
• boosts energy and strength
• restores ease in performing daily tasks
• enhances quality of life and overall health

“Lahey Clinic is proud of its multi-disciplinary approach to cancer treatment, and proper diet and exercise are an important component of that overall regimen,” said Keith Stuart, M.D., Lahey Clinic's chairman of hematology and oncology. “We are very pleased to be teaming up with the YMCA to offer our breast cancer patients and survivors the most advanced exercise protocol available.”

“The Pink Program helps breast cancer survivors gradually rebuild energy, flexibility, strength and endurance. Each woman has unique challenges and expectations. We work with survivors to help them take back their lives and regain abilities and confidence,” says John Ferrell, president of the YMCA of Greater Boston. While addressing physical changes, the twice-weekly classes held at Lahey Clinic's Sophia Gordon Cancer Center in Burlington, also help build a warm, supportive community as women in the classes connect with one another.

Developed by Harvard doctor and breast cancer survivor Carolyn M. Kaelin, MD, MPH, and Master Trainers Josie Gardiner and Joy Prouty, The Pink Program is the only breast cancer recovery program approved by the American Council on Exercise. Like all YMCA classes, The Pink Program is available to all women regardless of income.

About Lahey Clinic
Lahey Clinic, a physician-led, nonprofit group practice, is world-renowned for innovative technology, pioneering medical treatment, and leading-edge research. A teaching hospital of Tufts University School of Medicine, the Clinic provides quality health care in virtually every specialty and subspecialty, from primary care to cancer diagnosis and treatment to kidney and liver transplantation. For more information please visit our Web site at