Frequently Asked Questions
The advantages of physical activity for cancer sufferers reported in research are wide and varied, and include:
• Improved energy levels
• Reduction in treatment side effects (such as pain and nausea)
• Decreased hospitalization time
• Increase in muscle strength and flexibility
• Better immune function
• Enhanced mood and self-esteem
And perhaps most importantly, evidence demonstrates a link between exercise after diagnosis and improved survival rates (for breast, colon, prostate and ovarian cancer).
Research demonstrates that patients can generally undertake many of the same modalities of exercise as the general population, although often at modified, gentler levels. Exercise types utilised in the MAC program include:
• Aerobic exercise
• Strength training
• Flexibility & range of motion activities
• Balance and co-ordination activities
• Core strength & stability exercises
• Postural correction activities
• Movements specific to assisting in the management of daily activities
While it is common for cancer suffers and their loved ones fear that exercise may exacerbate their condition, activity is considered to be safe when initiated at an appropriate level and progressed gradually. Aside from managing the frequent side-effects of fatigue, low motivation, a compromised immune system and reduced overall fitness, specific care is also taken into account for survivors of particular cancers, each of which presents it’s own set of challenges. This includes guidance and management around issues such as weight loss/gain, specific surgical restrictions, fluid accumulation (lymphedema), skin irritation and incontinence.
women. Our group timetable is constantly expanding to accommodate our growing
numbers, thus we recommend you check with us before or during your time of booking if
you are interested in undertaking these sessions.
• Individual exercise consultations
• Prescription of a home-based exercise plan
• Involvement of other exercise-based therapies (e.g. hydrotherapy)
• Prescription of a gym-based program (or other external facility)
Your Exercise Physiologist can assist you with developing a plan to fit with each of your individual needs.
• A current list of medications and dosages
• Your relevant pathology and imaging reports
• Wear comfortable clothing and closed toe walking / exercise shoes
• Avoid eating a large meal and consuming caffeine in the hours prior to your initial assessment if possible
• Avoid alcohol and cigarettes prior to your appointment