Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Keep moving - Exercises for cancer survivors

Exercising is now a main stream adjunct treatment for cancer patients. All major cancer centers in the world avocate exercises to enhance better health and tolerance to cancer treatments. There are tremendous benefits from exercising.

Donna Wilson, the Fitness Instructor and Fitness coordinator at the Integrative Medicine Center, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center shows us how simple it is. Studies show strong links between physical activities and a reduced risk of prostrate,lung and endometrial cancers.

The American Cancer Society recommends adults to engage in at least 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity, 5 of more days a week;45 to 60 minutes of intentional physical activity are preferred.

Prostrate cancer exercise outcomes determine that it is safe, it does not affect PSA, shows improvement in ADT treatment, radiation treatments, improved musclular strength, lower incontinence, and also improve balance.

On the contary, exercising is not confined to the gym or outdoor activities. It can be safely done in the comfort of your home. The exercises demonstrated in the video below are just as effective in cardiac health, breathing and musclular developments. It will certainly be a good start in preparing for other outdoor exercises like walking, jogging, swimming and cycling. Gym works and weight resistance exercises will complement on whatever you had intended to do.

However do exercise with caution and great care. Do it slowly and incremental in time and levels of difficulties.

View the video.

Thank you Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Centre.

Go for it, keep moving !

Allen Lai

Sunday, September 27, 2015

National Comprehensive Cancer Network's Patient and Caregiver Resources

H all,

Below is the link to NCCN's latest patient and caregiver guidelines on PCa. Published in 2015 and the guidelines provides us with the latest information and guidelines for us in standard of care and treatment decision making.

Thank you NCCN.


Note: NCCN provides guidelines for other types of cancers too.

Take care

Allen Lai

American Association for Cancer Research's Cancer progress report 2015

Hi all,

It is good to read the latest statistics and progress reports in fighting Cancer. AACR has been producing such reports on a yearly basis. This report is very informative and comprehensive as it covers all aspects that we need to know about the latest in cancer research. It provides us the hope and knowledge to make critical decisions on treatment plans.

Do read this report to be up-todate. Thank you AACR.


Take care

Allen Lai

Saturday, September 5, 2015

On track with my PSA readings

I am happy today. Very happy. My visit to my Urologist bi-annual reviews on 4 September 2015 showed that my PSA had indeed reduced another notch at 0.16. It is fantastic as this is the second time my PSA had shown a down trend. Do note that I had two doubling times for the first two years post primary treatments.

See my graph above.

I am on track at fighting my PCa. I attribute my success to my Oncologist at the IKN and Urologist at the HUKM hospitals. They have been giving me all their reviews and advice. Of course changing my lifestyle and taking daily exercises were key components to my regime. I pray daily and watch my food intake.

I had posted a theory about the rise and fall of PSA post radiotherapy and hormonal therapy last year. I firmly believe in this theory and it is showing the results in my personal case. My PSA reading should continue to fall in tandem with my new lifestyles and physical activities.

Read my post below:


Today I shall put cancer in the rear seat. My six years battle had made cancer centerstage and now I will have to be focused on my other ailments, namely diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol.
Take care

Allen Lai