In recent weeks, you may have noticed a few media reports with regards to exercise and the role it plays in helping people with cancer. We have known for a while now that there are many benefits for people going through treatment, as well as those recovering. However, the media hype over the last few weeks has come about as a result of the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia (COSA) releasing a position statement, calling for exercise to become standard procedure in cancer care.
In its own words, COSA calls for:
“Exercise to be embedded as part of standard cancer care and to be viewed as an adjunct therapy that helps counteract the adverse effects of cancer and its treatment.
All members of the multidisciplinary cancer team to promote physical activity and recommend people with cancer adhere to exercise guidelines.
Best practice cancer care to include referral to an Accredited Exercise Physiologist and/or Physiotherapist with experience in cancer care.”
This is on the back of many research articles which demonstrate that suitable exercise can help cancer patients:
Improve physical function
Minimise the impact of treatment side effects.
Attenuate cancer-related fatigue
Alleviate psychological distress
Improve quality of life
Here at the studio, our EP Team has been providing exercise oncology services for a few years now. Our programs are designed to accommodate each individual’s unique circumstance, including cancer type/stage, treatment status, lifestyle and comorbidities. This may be in the form of one-one exercise sessions, group classes or home-based programs. If you have any enquiries, please feel free to discuss with one of our team.