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New Instructor at Fox Chase Cancer Center's Complete Care Volunteers to Help Breast Cancer Patients Through Movement and Dance

PHILADELPHIA (March 14, 2000) -- Fitness expert and instructor Susan Lerman of Wyncote, PA. has joined Complete Care, the Complementary Medicine Program of Fox Chase Cancer Center. She is volunteering her time and talent as the new provider for "Focus on Healing Through Movement and Dance," a program for women following surgery for breast cancer.

"We're so pleased that Susan is a part of the Complete Care team of providers. Her experience and eagerness to help others will make her a valuable asset to our program," said John Martinez, Manager of Complete Care.

Combining creativity and therapy, "Focus on Healing Through Movement and Dance" uses music, movement and dance to concentrate on the muscles affected by surgery and have a positive effect on patients' well being. The program is specifically designed to meet the rehabilitation needs of breast cancer survivors and is suitable for women of all ages and fitness levels.

After surgery, the exercises help prevent loss of range of motion by the shoulder and reduce the risk of lymphedema, a build-up of lymph fluid that leads to persistent swelling and inflammation of the affected arm after surgery or radiation therapy.

"I was looking for a program in which I could use my skills and fitness experience to help people deal with disease and recover from treatment. I wanted to focus not only on fitness, but also on wellness and healing. Complete Care is the perfect place to do this," said Lerman.

Ms. Lerman has more than 15 years of experience in the fitness industry. As an aerobics/fitness instructor, she has taught classes in various settings including fitness clubs, gyms and a local hospital. She has also instructed several college level courses in the Dance/Physical Education Department at Temple University.

Ms. Lerman has developed various levels and types of programs for multiple age and fitness categories. Her individual fitness counseling experience includes one-on-one workout development for all fitness levels as well as programs for those with specialized needs (coordinated with the client's physician or physical therapist). She currently manages Susan Lerman Fitness Training, which offers group classes and personal instruction.

Ms. Lerman holds a B.S. in Education from Temple University. She is certified by the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America and by the American Council on Exercise. Her fitness training includes the Jane Fonda Master Class and the Joanie Greggins Instructors Seminar. Ms. Lerman also has completed numerous continuing education programs in fitness and health. She is currently enrolled in a teacher certification training course at Yoga on Main in Manayunk.

Classes for "Focus on Healing Through Movement and Dance" will be offered on Tuesdays from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. beginning on March 28, and will take place at Complete Care, 432 Rhawn Street, Northeast Philadelphia. There is no fee for the class, but donations in support of the Complete Care program are greatly appreciated.

Please call 215-728-7000 for more information about "Focus on Healing Through Movement and Dance" and other programs offered by Complete Care at Fox Chase Cancer Center.

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Fox Chase Cancer Center, part of the Temple University Health System, is one of the leading cancer research and treatment centers in the United States. Founded in 1904 in Philadelphia as one of the nation’s first cancer hospitals, Fox Chase was also among the first institutions to be designated a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center in 1974. Fox Chase researchers have won the highest awards in their fields, including two Nobel Prizes. Fox Chase physicians are also routinely recognized in national rankings, and the Center’s nursing program has received the Magnet recognition for excellence four consecutive times. Today, Fox Chase conducts a broad array of nationally competitive basic, translational, and clinical research, with special programs in cancer prevention, detection, survivorship, and community outreach.  For more information, call 1-888-FOX CHASE or (1-888-369-2427).

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