No re­sis­tance to ex­er­cise from can­cer sur­vivor

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health - By KRISTIE LIM

JONO Co­hen, who suf­fered from a rare tongue can­cer, has en­cour­aged can­cer sur­vivors and pa­tients to join a youth ex­er­cise pro­gram.

At 18, Mr Co­hen (now 20) was di­ag­nosed with a squa­mous cell car­ci­noma of the tongue dur­ing a vol­un­teer­ing trip in Is­rael.

He un­der­went a 12-hour surgery where 75 per cent of his tongue was re­moved and re­con­structed.

Last year, he took part in the Can­cer Coun­cil WA and WA Youth Can­cer Ser­vice’s Life Now pro­gram and was a men­tor to this year’s par­tic­i­pants.

An ex­er­cise phys­i­ol­o­gist runs the pro­gram that is tai­lored to the spe­cific needs of each par­tic­i­pant.

The results will con­trib­ute to a re­search pro­gram at Edith Cowan Univer­sity.

Mr Co­hen said he formed a spe­cial con­nec­tion with his fel­low par­tic­i­pants.

“My fit­ness, weight loss and health in gen­eral have im­proved from the pro­gram but those are side ben­e­fits,” he said. Mr Co­hen said his doc­tor in­tro­duced him to one of the par­tic­i­pants be­fore his op­er­a­tion.

He said he joined a pri­vate gym to main­tain his fit­ness since the pro­gram fin­ished.

“I feel con­fi­dent to go to my own gym with­out care and stu­dents and have work­outs made by me,” he said. “I’ve had a con­tin­ued ben­e­fit health-wise even with­out the sup­port be­cause I have been given the sup­port from the pro­gram.

“It is al­most two years since the surgery and di­ag­no­sis and re­mis­sions are all clear for now but re­mis­sions are five years for ev­ery­one.”

The pro­gram will run un­til Au­gust and is open to peo­ple aged 15 to 27 who have been di­ag­nosed with can­cer and com­pleted treat­ment within the last two years. For more in­for­ma­tion, go to https://www.can­­tients/sup­por­t­and-ser­vices/life-now

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d468719

Jono Co­hen now fol­lows his own fit­ness regime af­ter tak­ing part in the spe­cial pro­gram.

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