Improving Care

Exercise and Cancer

Recent research suggests that exercise benefits most people both during and after cancer treatment. It can help manage some of the common side effects of treatment, speed up a return to usual activities, and improve quality of life. The evidence also shows there is little risk of exercise causing harm if care is taken and professional exercise advice is followed closely. For some cancers, exercise may even improve treatment outcomes. People with cancer should be as physically active as their abilities and condition allow. (Ref: Exercise for people living with cancer, CCV).

The Clinical Oncology Society of Australia (COSA) 'Position Statement on Exercise in Cancer Care' (please access full statement here) calls for: exercise 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; all members of the multidisciplinary cancer team to promote physical activity and recommend that people with cancer adhere to exercise guidelines; and best practice cancer care to include referral to an accredited exercise physiologist or physiotherapist with experience in cancer care.

BSWRICS has helped develop an 'Exercise in Cancer Programs - Barwon South West' Directory containing information on exercise and cancer programs in the Barwon South West Region. The directory offers information on what programs are available, who they work with, and how to contact them. If you are looking for further information and resources please discuss with your health professional.