It is estimated that 150,000 Australians are diagnosed with cancer per year. However, advances in detection and treatment technologies mean that more and more people are surviving. The effects of cancer and its treatments can be ongoing, and may have large impacts on cancer survivor’s quality of life.
Exercise is an effective method of helping to manage these effects and has the power to:
- Maintain body weight
- Manage cancer-related fatigue
- Preserve bone density
- Improve mood
- Improve body image
- Protect against cancer-related cognitive decline
- Prevent some types of cancer
- Reduce the risk of recurrence
- Improve the effectiveness of treatment
- Manage the risk of developing other conditions
Engaging in exercise is an important aspect of maintaining your health. It is recommended that you try to complete 20 minutes or more of aerobic exercise (e.g. walking, swimming, cycling) on most days of the week, and strength training twice per week. This may seem like a lot, but start small with what you can manage, and gradually build up over time.
It is normal to have fluctuations in energy day to day, and you will find some days will be harder than others, but even completing a few minutes of exercise each day will be beneficial. Finding activities you enjoy doing, and exercising with others can help in finding the motivation to be active.
Exercise is most effective when the amount and type are specific to the individual. There are some factors that may need a little extra consideration when exercising with cancer, including the type, stage and treatment, as they may affect what exercise will be safe and most beneficial. Assessments conducted in clinic will help us to confirm your safety to engage in particular types and intensities of exercise.
We have a team of Physiotherapists and an Exercise Physiologist who have special interests in working with people with cancer. They have done additional training in this area, and are passionate about working with you to help you achieve your goals.
If you feel you may need extra help in finding suitable and safe exercise for you, feel free to call the clinic on 8342 1233 or book online.
Lauren Blake – Exercise Physiologist