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Exercise To Help Cancer Sufferers Exercise is widely accepted as important for maintaining good health, reducing risk of chronic disease and aiding rehabilitation. Scientific evidence shows that regular and vigorous physical exercise prevents some cancers and reduces the incidence of cancer by 30 to 70%. The effect is stronger for breast and colorectal cancer.

There is also good evidence to show that regular exercise after cancer diagnosis can actually increase cancer survival rates by 50%, with the strongest effects for breast cancer, colorectal and prostate cancer.

The potential benefits of exercise during and after treatment include –

  • To Preserve
    • Muscle strength
    • Range of motion
    • Immune function
    • Body image, mood and self esteem
  • To Reduce
    • Duration of hospitalisation
    • Psychological and emotional stress
    • Depression and anxiety
    • Number and severity of symptoms and side effects reported (eg: pain, fatigue, nausea)

Contact the Exercise Physiologist to discuss your condition today.

Is Exercise Safe For Cancer Survivors?
Exercise is safe when commenced at an appropriate level and progressed gradually. Cancer survivors can have a higher risk of heart problems therefore any activity needs to be monitored closely³. An Accredited Exercise Physiologist is trained to provide this advice

East Gosford Post Prostate Surgery Rehab
East Gosford Exercise Physiology has a particular interest in Prostate Cancer Rehabilitation and works with our Men’s Health Physiotherapist to provide a thorough rehabilitation plan to “keep you dry” after your surgery. This program is called the “East Gosford Post Prostate Surgery Rehab Program” and will give you the right exercise prescription to suit your individual situation. Click here to learn more about this innovative post prostate exercise rehab program – designed by men, for men.

Safe Exercising With CancerWhen exercising with cancer, you need to know when it’s safe to exercise and when to stop. A specific exercise program should be tailored to each cancer survivor’s fitness level, previous and planned treatment, disease and treatment related risk factors and the presence and severity of symptoms .

Contact the Exercise Physiologist to discuss your condition today.

References:

  1. Newton RV, Galvau DA Exercise in prevention and management of cancer – Current Treatment Options in Oncology 9: 135-146, 2008.
  2. Demark – Wahnedriod W, Cancer Survivor: Time to get moving? Data accumulated suggesting a link between physical activity and cancer survival. Journal of Clinical Oncology 24 : 3517 – 8, 2006.
  3. Exercise and Cancer, Publication of Exercise is Medicine, Australia, 2011.

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