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Miles Perret's "Biggest Loser": Working Out to Live Well After a Cancer Diagnosis
2/17/2010 11:49:04 AM

I love watching "The Biggest Loser” on TV and I can’t pass up a People Magazine with someone on the cover who has lost "Half Their Weight”. These stories captivate me for two reasons: anything is possible when you make a commitment to it and being healthy is something to celebrate!


Just ask Rebecca Trahan, a breast cancer survivor and "The Biggest Loser” at Miles Perret Cancer Services. Rebecca has lost more than 100 pounds in our Wellness Center in less than a year.  



Rebecca is one of 100 cancer fighters using the Wellness Center at Miles Perret right now to get strong and healthy.

Here’s why it’s important to exercise after a cancer diagnosis, with your doctor’s permission:


  • Studies show that exercising as little as 10 minutes a day during cancer treatment can reduce fatigue and improve quality of life.
  • Practicing deep breathing can improve your lymph system cleansing, helping to rid the body of toxins.
  • MD Anderson research shows that mind-body exercises like Yoga and Pilates increase physical function and improve overall health for cancer patients


Miles Perret Cancer Services is leading the way in cancer rehabilitation. We have the only certified cancer exercise specialist in the South and Carla Duhon’s work is changing lives. Here are some of the goals cancer survivors set for themselves when they started our MilesStrong exercise program.


  • Judy Arabie wanted to go bowling again.
  • Barbara Mergist wanted to be strong enough to hold her new grandbabies.
  • Elaine Faul wanted to squat and reach a cooking pot without her husband’s help.


To a healthy person, these may not seem like big goals. But if you have cancer and you’re going through treatment, these may be the lifelines that keep you going. Just look at the results from our ten week exercise programs and you can see how it is helping.


  • All participants showed improvement in positive outlook and self esteem
  • All participants showed a decrease in fatigue levels
  • Cardiovascular endurance improved 20%-100%


Dr. Andrew Hatchett, a UL Professor in Exercise Science, is a guiding force behind our efforts to make exercise an integral part of a cancer survivor’s recovery, similar to cardiac rehabilitation for people who have heart problems.


Dr. Hatchett says, "The Miles Strong (Miles Perret cancer rehabilitation) program is the most comprehensive program of its type in Louisiana, if not the Southeast or entire United States.”


We know the benefits of cancer rehabilitation. We see them every day.


Judy has a new pink bowling ball and is back on the lanes, I just saw Barbara holding her beautiful granddaughter and Elaine can reach her cooking pots all by herself!


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