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3 Ways Exercise Can Help In Cancer Treatments

Posted by Eqphysio on 17 May 2018

 

 

Recently the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia (COSA) 

 

released their position statement on exercise in cancer care:

 

"Exercise is to be embedded as part of standard practice in 

 

cancer care and to be viewed as an adjunct therapy that helps

 

counteract the adverse effects of cancer and its treatment"

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Here are 3 big things exercise can help with in cancer treatments (Chemotherapy, Radiotherapy, Surgery):

1. Reduce fatigue

Exercise can greatly help reduce the effects of cancer related treatment. A combination of both resistance and cardiovascular exercise has shown to help maintain muscle mass and respiratory function in individuals undergoing cancer related treatments.

2. Improve quality of life

By reducing the possible side effects of cancer related treatments. Individuals are able to resume their normal daily routines (e.g. social events, work) which allows individuals to have a sense of normality and in turn aids in their mental health.  

3. Improve completion rates of cancer treatments

In minimising cancer related side effects (e.g. nausea, fatigue), individuals are more likely to be able to complete their course of treatment.

 

 

Did you know that Physiotherapists are one of two qualified professionals that are recommended by COSA to be able to prescribe safe and effective exercises for cancer patients?

Physiotherapist and exercise physiologists who have experience in cancer care are the most appropriate health professionals to prescribe and deliver exercise programs to patients undergoing cancer treatments. Exercise programs are tailored to suit each individual's needs and capacity, with the goal being to achieve or maintain:

 

  • 150 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic exercise (e.g. walking, jogging, cycling or swimming) over the course of each week

  • 2-3 sessions a week of resistance exercise (e.g. lifting weights) that is aimed at targeting most of the major muscle groups in the body

 

If you need help with getting on track with exercise to help you on your journey, feel free to contact us:

 

       

           Phone: 9553 8145
 Website: www.eqphysio.com.au

 

Or if you're in the area, drop on by and have a chat with us to see if we can help in any way. We're located at 1/45 Montgomery St, Kogarah NSW 2217

 

Author: Eqphysio
Tags: Cancer

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