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Strong Cancer Recovery Leadership

Nancy Litterman Howe, MS, CES
Donald W. Northfelt, MD.

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Nancy Litterman Howe, MS, CES
Founder of Strong Cancer Recovery, a non-profit 501(c)3

PhD Student at Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation, Arizona State University
Professional Advisory Board Member for Cancer Support Community, 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 entered the PhD program at ASU’s Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation. My research focus is the current state of cancer rehabilitation: Why aren’t survivors receiving the cancer rehabilitation services they need?

Donald W. Northfelt, MD
Hematology/Oncology, Mayo Clinic, Arizona

Associate Medical Director, Breast Clinic, Mayo Clinic in Arizona
Medical Advisory Board Chair, Strong Cancer Recovery
Member of ASU 
PhD Committee for Nancy Litterman Howe

From 2013- 2017, oncologist Donald Northfelt discussed with his Mayo Clinic patients the importance of physical activity during treatment and beyond, and referred them to Nancy Howe for exercise counseling. During this time, 153 survivors (74% of women who received a referral from Northfelt) attended their one-time exercise counseling appointment with Howe.

The counseling arrangement ended in March 2017 when Howe started work at ASU and entered the PhD program at ASU’s Edson College. Northfelt and Howe continue to collaborate on joint ASU/Mayo Clinic research projects related to exercise and cancer rehabilitation.

You can read our story in “Coping with Cancer” Magazine in May/June 2015.

Click Here: Coping With Cancer Magazine May June 2015.