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LIVEN Program

The Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital offers a unique program called LIVEN – Lifestyle Intervention with Exercise and Nutrition. The program integrates nutritional modifications, exercise and weight management with the aim of improving quality of life and survival in patients with breast, prostate and colorectal cancer.

Research indicates that engaging in regular exercise and eating a low-fat diet can decrease the risk of cancer recurrence. Under the care of medical staff members, patients enrolled in LIVEN are encouraged to engage in regular aerobic exercise and maintain a healthy diet through all stages of treatment.

What is involved in LIVEN?
The program is designed to help participants achieve a healthy lifestyle over a one-year period. Patients enrolled in the LIVEN program can expect to:

  • Undergo a series of three tests. Each series includes a fasting lab test, resting and exercise metabolic test, and body fat measurement. The tests take about two hours to complete. All metabolic testing and body fat measurements take place at the outpatient physical therapy department at Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital.
  • Have one-on-one consultations with a registered dietitian. When possible, these visits will occur during normal follow-up appointments.
  • Complete a survey about quality of life, nutritional intake and physical activity.
  • Participate in an exercise program that includes aerobic and strength training.

What makes LIVEN unique?
The LIVEN program incorporates a technology specifically designed to measure patients’ energy needs or metabolic rate through a breathing test performed at rest and with exercise. Test results provide information on how well the body metabolizes fat and are used to formulate a tailored diet and exercise plan. This individualized plan includes close monitoring. It helps patients improve their overall health and reduce the risk of cancer recurrence.

Are there costs associated with LIVEN?
The costs for testing are billed to insurance companies. Most companies recognize these charges; however, patients will be responsible for co-payments and co-insurance as defined under their plan.

Participants in LIVEN are encouraged to exercise independently. This may include gym membership fees that are not covered by traditional insurance plans. Assistance may be available for participants in the LIVEN program who have a financial need.

How do I enroll in LIVEN?
Only patients receiving cancer care at the Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital can enroll in LIVEN. For more information, call 636-916-9920 and ask for the LIVEN coordinator.