Exercise For Cancer
With Accredited Exercise Physiologists at DNA Health Group
Why? Research has demonstrated physical activity to be a safe and effective therapy in the
management of cancer both during and after treatment. Where bed rest was previously
standard advice, exercise is now recognized as an adjunctive therapy that helps to offset the
detrimental effects of cancer and it’s associated treatment. Some of the known benefits
include improved energy levels, increased strength and fitness, enhanced mood and
improved treatment outcomes. Moreover, the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia now
recommends that patients be referred to an Accredited Exercise Physiologist and/or
physiotherapist with specialist knowledge in cancer care.
How? The MAC program offers a clinical exercise program for cancer patients and survivors based
on current exercise oncology research. MAC is developed and run by our very own
Accredited Exercise Physiologists, and aims to increase the quality and quantity of life in
people with cancer by guiding participants through appropriate activities specifically tailored
to improve treatment and health outcomes.
When? We are now taking bookings for the limited availability within the program. If you or someone you know is interested in the MAC program and would like to sign-up, or would simply like to know more, please don’t hesitate to call us on (03) 9555 1221 or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Take a look at some of the people already making strides with our program.
Vern is a husband, father and grandfather of 74 years of age. In 2014, Vern was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Radical prostate surgery and a seven-week course of radiation therapy followed, bringing with it decreased energy levels, issues with continence and a higher risk of chronic disease. The surgery also dropped Vern’s testosterone levels to close to zero, leaving him with higher levels of body fat, depleted muscle mass (and strength) and the likelihood of very low bone density over time. Vern began at MAC after Kate’s information session on the benefits of exercise and cancer at a support group’s monthly meeting triggered his interest.
John is a 66-year old son, brother, husband, father, and grandfather. In 2012 John was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer. Fortunately for John the treatment regime required was fairly quick – a single round of Brachytherapy – which was ultimately very successful. While he avoided many of the complications which come with multiple and varied types of treatments, John still suffered the common cancer-related fatigue that many survivors face. His pelvic floor was also weakened, another undesirable side-effect that many prostate cancer patients must deal with after surgery. John decided to join the MAC program as a means of continuing to perform an exercise program prescribed specifically to help achieve his goals.
Cancer and exercise: The research
18/148 Chesterville Road
Cheltenham VIC 3192
(03) 9555 1221