Breast Cancer and Exercise – Moving your way through treatment

Michael Czaplowski Cancer and Exercise, Cancer Prevention, Cancer Survival, Exercise for Cancer, Exercise Oncology, Exercise Physiology

This blog discusses the specific exercise benefits for those living with breast cancer, how much exercise you should be aiming for, and also considerations for those who are wanting to start exercising following a breast cancer diagnosis.

Exercise During Chemotherapy – Helping you ease the impact

Michael Czaplowski Cancer and Exercise, Exercise for Cancer, Exercise Oncology, Exercise Physiology

Due to the debilitating side effects that can often accompany chemotherapy treatment exercising might seem like the last thing on your agenda. But what if we told you that exercise can actually help with mitigating these terrible side effects? Here we explain why everyone should be exercising during chemotherapy and how to do it safely and effectively. What is chemotherapy? …

Bowel Cancer Awareness Month – Jo’s Story

Michael Czaplowski Cancer and Exercise, Cancer Survival, Exercise for Cancer, Exercise Oncology, Exercise Physiology

June is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month. Bowel Cancer affects 1 in 13 Australians and is the second deadliest cancer in Australia. Sadly, Bowel Cancer is becoming more common in young people like Jo who was diagnosed with Bowel Cancer just before her 30th birthday. Jo started with Movement Against Cancer (MAC) in the middle of last year and we recently had a chat with Jo about her experience being a young person diagnosed with bowel cancer.

Mental Health and Cancer – Something to keep in mind

Michael Czaplowski Cancer and Exercise, Cancer Survival, Exercise Oncology, Exercise Physiology, Mental Health

Whether it be through the news, through social media, or just a chat between friends, conversations around mental health are beginning to get the attention it so desperately deserves. So then what exactly is Mental Health? And what impact can a cancer diagnosis have on our Mental Health?

Staying Active During Isolation – Homing in on Creative Exercising!

Michael Czaplowski Cancer and Exercise, COVID-19, Exercise and Coronavirus, Exercise and COVID-19, Exercise Physiology, News

In the midst of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic we have provided some practical tips and strategies on how you can create an achievable exercise routine from your own home!

COVID-19, Exercise, and Immunity: What You Need to Know

Michael Czaplowski Cancer and Exercise, COVID-19, Exercise and Coronavirus, Exercise and COVID-19, Immune Health, News

The current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has left us all with a sense of uncertainty and many questions. We’d like to take the chance to answer a few of those questions that we have come across, namely those that may be particularly relevant for people living with cancer

Exercise as Medicine: The Prescription Your Side Effects Don’t Want You to Know About

Michael Czaplowski Body Fat, Cancer and Fatigue, Cancer Survival, Exercise for Cancer, Mental Health, Physical Function, Side Effects, Weight

What if I told you we had something readily available that would assist with reducing the impact of cancer-related side effects? This blog explains that it may not be as crazy as it first sounds..

Beyond the Badge – Practitioner Profile: Michael Czaplowski

Kate Williams Exercise for Cancer, Exercise Oncology, Exercise Physiology, Movement Against Cancer

Take us down the path that led you to become an EP? Growing up I played every sport under the sun and I wanted to channel this love of sport into something I could do on a day to day basis. Unfortunately, I was slightly above average at multiple sports but nothing I could make a career out of. During …

Beyond the Badge – Practitioner Profile: Kate Williams

Kate Williams Exercise for Cancer, Exercise Oncology, Exercise Physiology, Movement Against Cancer

Take us down the path that led you to become an EP? Growing up I had a love of competitive sport and the way the body could be trained to facilitate performance.   3 years of an undergraduate degree came and went and I still didn’t really know exactly where I wanted to steer my career.  I started working in the …

Peripheral Neuropathy: Can Exercise Help?

Kate Williams Balance Training, Exercise Oncology, Neuropathy, News, Side Effects

Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) is a common side effect of several chemo agents (we’re looking at you, Oxaliplatin, Taxanes and Vinca Alkaloids) which can resolve after several months or linger permanently. It is characterised by pain and/or altered sensations (tingling, numbness or pins and needles), most often in the extremities (hands and feet) but sometimes in areas closer to the …

Improving the Odds: Can Exercise Increase My Life Span?

Kate Williams Cancer Survival, Exercise for Cancer, Exercise Oncology, Exercise Physiology, News

We freely admit this headline was designed to grab your attention. After all, wouldn’t it be great if we could prescribe you a ‘pill’ that could help reduce your risk of death, without the side effects of other treatments; that in fact gave you positive side effects (such as improved fitness, enhanced energy and reduced pain)? Well, yes. But can …

Cancer and Weight Management: A Heavy Issue

Kate Williams Body Fat, News, Side Effects, Weight

If you’ve been in to see one of our MAC Exercise Physiologists, you’ll know that one of the key things we focus on during your initial consultation is an assessment of your body composition – even if your goal isn’t necessarily to gain or lose weight. Why is it so? We’ve already covered why muscles are important in managing symptoms …

Roadblocks to Speed Humps: Breaking Through Barriers to Exercise

Kate Williams Cancer and Fatigue, Cancer Survival, Exercise for Cancer, Mental Health, Side Effects

Beginning a new physical activity regime can be an incredibly daunting thing. Not knowing where to start, which types of exercise to do or how to perform them, facing the intimidation of a gym, weather, lack of time, a dislike of exercise and just a general absence of motivation are common things that stand in the way of people moving …

Resistance Exercise: How to Incorporate Strength Training Into Your Routine

Kate Williams Bone Health, Exercise for Cancer, Physical Function, Resistance Exercise, Strength training

Last month we talked about the benefits of resistance (or strength training) exercise during and after treatment. Hopefully if you are already undertaking this type of exercise, it has underlined the importance of persisting with it, and if you’re not already doing it, we’ve motivated you to get started! … So where is that exactly? Where should I go? First …

The Importance of Muscles: They’re Not Just For Good Looks!

Kate Williams Bone Health, Cancer and Fatigue, Physical Function, Resistance Exercise, Strength training

Did you know that in the average healthy human body, skeletal muscle makes up about 40% of your body mass? This number tends to decline with age however, with a typical drop in muscle mass of about 30% between the ages of 20 and 80 years. Unfortunately this effect is much more pronounced in people who are inactive or unwell …