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Botsford Cancer Center Patient Benefits from Exercise Program at Botsford Center for Health Improvement

Farmington Hills, Mich. (September 29, 2010)---Cristina Noble, fitness specialist at the Botsford Center for Health Improvement in Novi, has always had a passion for working with patients undergoing cancer treatment. When Botsford Hospital opened the Botsford Cancer Center last year, Noble realized this would be her opportunity to develop a Botsford cancer wellness program that would incorporate a monitored exercise component into patients’ treatment plans. 
 
Noble says, “Helping patients stay strong and gain confidence is what this new program will be about. We are currently testing the program’s concept with Jonathon Wilson, a Botsford patient who started the program in May. In just over two months, he has had cardiovascular, strength and balance improvements and has lost some weight. Jonathon’s spirit has increased and he is a bright spot at the fitness center each week.” 
 
As an athletic young man who stopped physical activity during most of his treatment, Wilson was thrilled when he was offered the opportunity to join a free, monitored wellness program. The program requires physician approval, ongoing monitoring by exercise physiologists and regular summary reports back to his physicians.  
 
Wilson was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma on his 24th birthday during treatment for a staph infection from a martial arts fight in 2009. Wilson says, “The doctor told me I was lucky because if I hadn’t gone to the hospital with the staph infection I might not have been diagnosed until it was too late. He said I would have had about six months to live without treatment.” 
 
Wilson’s treatment began in August 2009 with chemotherapy and concluded in July 2010 with radiation. “I’ve had a rough ride that included depression and weight gain of over 100 pounds, but now with the help of Cristina and the staff at Botsford, I am working to build my strength and feel better about myself. My mom has even joined the fitness center with me.” 
 
Noble says, “I hope that the program will be up and running by the end of the year and others will be able to benefit from this program that not only builds physical strength but helps patients get a little bit of normalcy back into their lives.”

Botsford Hospital is a multi-specialty 330 bed hospital and verified trauma center located in Farmington Hills, Michigan. The campus also houses an imaging center and a comprehensive care cancer center. Botsford Hospital is also home to an extensive medical education program and is part of Michigan State University's statewide campus system. Botsford Hospital each year cares for approximately 16,000 inpatients and more than 60,000 emergency and trauma patients with a team of 2,500 employees, 300 volunteers and more than 600 physicians. A not-for-profit hospital, Botsford provided almost $10.5 million in community benefit during its 2011 fiscal year.

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