- Tuesday, 20 March 2018
Exercise during and following cancer treatment provides many benefits to cancer survivors. Exercise has been proven scientifically to reduce the impact of cancer symptoms and treatment related side-effects, including fatigue and nausea. Muscle mass and bone mineral density, which can be greatly affected by some cancer treatments, can be maintained or even increased with exercise. Exercise can also improve immune function, cardiovascular fitness, strength, flexibility and mood. Ongoing research is also demonstrating that exercise may have an impact on survival and disease recurrence, and this is currently being investigated further.
GenesisCare, in partnership with world leaders at Edith Cowan University’s Exercise Medicine Research Unit, offers patients attending the Joondalup or Wembley centres on-site exercise sessions. All patients are assessed in conjunction with their treating cancer specialist. Based on the cancer treatments they have received or are receiving, a tailored exercise prescription is devised. This prescription is then carried out under the supervision of exercise physiologists experienced in working with cancer patients. It doesn’t matter if a patient has never exercised before as the specialised program encourages people to progress at an individual pace, recognising that some days may be better than others.
Current patients requiring information on how to join the exercise clinic should speak to their treating oncologist or contact:
Exercise Medicine Research Institute
Edith Cowan University
Tel: (08) 6304 3444
Fax: (08) 6304 2499