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Oncology and Exercise

By July 29, 2021 No Comments

Every four minutes someone in Australia is diagnosed with cancer. Only one in ten of those diagnosed will exercise enough during and after their treatment. But every one of those patients would benefit from exercise.

The Clinical Oncology Society of Australia (COSA) endorses exercise prescription for cancer care, with exercise now being recognized as first line treatment. Healthcare research in recent years has developed rapidly, identifying positive health benefits for exercise during and after their individual cancer treatments. At the forefront of the fight against cancer are Physiotherapists who specialise in Cancer care and rehab. 

At Platinum Physio, we have experts providing PINC & STEEL Cancer Rehabilitation and reconditioning in all of our practicing clinics, designing specific individualised programs which suit differing functional abilities to suit each cancer journey. 

 

Studies have repeatedly shown that cancer survivors have an increased risk of developing subsequent health problems stemming from their cancer treatment. That is why here at Platinum Physio we not only provide education and guidance in safe exercise but we also work closely with our other oncology team members in our clinics who also specialise in cancer care, including Lymphoedema Management Specialists and experienced Oncology Dieticians. 

Why is exercise so important?

Cancer sufferers who adhere to exercise recommendations diminish the impact of harrowing side effects from treatments. They also simultaneously lower the all important relative risk of cancer recurrence later in life. 

Cancer and its varying treatment options can have a significant effect on those afflicted, resulting in serious health problems impacting their overall physical and mental health. The research shows exercise can aid cancer patients to tolerate aggressive cancer treatments better, minimise cancer-related fatigue, improve mood states and increase quality of life. Moreover, physiological markers of muscle mass, strength, bone mineral density and maintaining a healthy body weight are also seen to improve with implementing exercise as medicine. Not to mention, lowering medical expenses and ensuring cancer survivors spend less time away from work. 

This may help someone you know. 

Most clinicians in your oncology team would agree exercise in some capacity is beneficial but don’t routinely prescribe it as part of their patients’ cancer treatment plan. But if the effects of exercise could be formulated into pill form, it would be handed to every cancer patient worldwide and viewed as rocket by morrock a groundbreaking cure. 

Research continues to confirm that inactivity is unhelpful and in some circumstances can be harmful for cancer survivors. That is why every person diagnosed with cancer can benefit from exercise as medicine paced appropriately throughout their own personal recovery. 

If this sounds appropriate for you, a friend, or a loved one, please do not hesitate to give us a call on 8554 0111, or drop in to one of our clinics.