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

Exercise Physiologists are university qualified allied health professionals. They program, deliver and evaluate safe and effective, evidence-based exercise interventions to assist in the management of a variety of medical conditions, injuries and disabilities.

Exercise Physiologists work with a range of people; from healthy individuals looking to increase their exercise, to those with medical conditions that may benefit from exercise management. Some categories of conditions commonly treated by Exercise Physiologists include, but are not limited to:

  • Cardiovascular
  • Metabolic
  • Neurological
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Cancer
  • Kidney
  • Respiratory/Pulmonary
  • Mental Health

They conduct clinical exercise assessments, which allow for the monitoring and confirmation that individuals have a safe response to exercise. Exercise Physiologists will also provide education around exercise to enhance confidence in the ability to regain control and independence.

You do not need a referral to access Exercise Physiology services! Your private health insurance may provide cover, however, we recommend you check your insurance policy to confirm. Alternatively, if you are someone who has a chronic health condition, you may be eligible to access the service through Medicare and we suggest you discuss this with your GP. As an allied health profession, Exercise Physiology is also funded and accessible through the NDIS, DVA, work cover and third party schemes.

If you are interested in finding out about how Exercise Physiology may help you, we invite you to call the clinic or book online!

Lauren Blake – Exercise Physiologist