Blog: Keeping Up With Beth

Keeping Up With Beth

Beth Levine is a Registered Nurse specializing in oncology for over 20 years as well as ACSM/ACS Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer, Health Fitness Specialist and licensed Zumba instructor. For information and ongoing classes please visit or contact her at

Connecting with your health care team
Keeping Up With Beth Beth Levine 10/25/2011 at 10:45AM

Very often patients say they feel that their needs are not met when speaking to their oncologists. Often the patient feels overwhelmed with all of the information combined with the emotional turmoil that a cancer diagnosis delivers. I was recently speaking to a patient who is also a good friend. She explained that she often [...]

Bitter melon may be able to help!
Keeping Up With Beth Beth Levine 10/03/2011 at 6:35PM

This green, pimply, cucumber, looking green vegetable offers a wide range of potential health benefits ranging from diabetes control to immunological advantages. A study conducted by Saint Louis University in 2010 reported that bitter melon extracts stunted the growth of breast cancer cells and that the vegetable could someday be used as a chemo preventive [...]

Keeping Up With Beth Beth Levine 9/30/2011 at 8:57PM

I recently had the pleasure of trying black rice. It is actually black and changes to a dark purple when cooked. My Zumba class student who is surviving cancer is always seeking healthier options and brought me a package to sample. Relatively rare Chinese black rice has been showing up on supermarket shelves.Its growing popularity [...]

Fatigue and cancer: real stories
Keeping Up With Beth Beth Levine 9/14/2011 at 12:00AM

Two weeks ago one of the Oncologists in my office referred a patient to me because I am considered the cancer-exercise guru in my office. She had complained that she felt very fatigued throughout her treatment cycles. One of the most prominent side effects of cancer treatment is the fatigue that a person feels. Patients [...]

The Wonder of Music!!
Keeping Up With Beth Beth Levine 9/13/2011 at 12:00AM

The other day in my office a women was coming in for her third cycle of chemotherapy treatment for lung cancer. She had been used to doing exercise as routine for many years. You could tell by her remaining muscle tone as well as her posture. She had experienced other tragedies in her life in [...]