Nancy Litterman Howe, MS, CES and Donald W. Northfelt, MD.
Nancy Litterman Howe, MS, CES
Founder of Strong Cancer Recovery, a non-profit 501(c)3
Project Coordinator, Research
Cancer Prevention & Integrative Medicine Office
College of Nursing and Health Innovation, Arizona State University
Mayo Clinic Research Affiliate, Hematology/Oncology, Mayo Clinic, Arizona
I was a daily exerciser and I ate my fruits and vegetables, but in 1997, I was diagnosed with cancer anyway. I experienced first-hand the benefits of physical activity during treatment and beyond. That was my “Aha!” moment. I left my corporate career, earned my masters at Arizona State University studying exercise science, and joined the staff of University of Arizona cancer researchers in 2005. In 2013, I earned my Cancer Exercise Specialist certification from the University of Northern Colorado, Rocky Mountain Cancer Rehabilitation Institute, and founded Strong Cancer Recovery. In 2017, I joined the Arizona State University Cancer Prevention and Integrative Medicine research team, and entered the PhD program at ASU’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation. My research focus is breast-cancer-related lymphedema, including the preventive and ameliorative benefits of physical activity.
Donald W. Northfelt, MD
Associate Medical Director, Breast Clinic, Mayo Clinic in Arizona
Medical Advisory Board Chair, Strong Cancer Recovery
The overall aim of Dr. Northfelt’s research is to improve breast cancer survival rates by reducing relapse risk and more effectively controlling advanced cancer when it cannot be cured. He counsels his patients on the importance of physical activity during treatment and beyond, and refers them to Nancy Howe for consultation. Since Howe and Northfelt began working together in 2013, they have attained a 74% success rate. Since January 2017, 150 Mayo Clinic patients have met with Howe to discuss and develop their individualized exercise program.