What is exercise medicine?
Exercise Medicine gives cancer patients the best possible life outcomes, by helping your body to heal itself. It can make some therapies work more effectively, speeding up your recovery. And it can also mean you have a better quality of life after your treatment, with less chance of the cancer returning.
The evidence for prescribing Exercise Medicine
Several studies have found that people who exercise during treatment report less fatigue and a better quality of life compared to those who do not.
A study (published in 2017) that looked at the effects of exercise on quality of life and physical function suggested that supervised exercise effectively improves both. (1)
Research carried out by the Australian Association for Exercise and Sport Science suggested that taking part in regular moderate exercise has both mental and physical benefits both during and after cancer treatment. (2)
- Buffart LM, Kalter J, Sweegers MG, et al. Effects and moderators of exercise on quality of life and physical function in patients with cancer. An individual patient data meta-analysis of 34 RCTs. Cancer Treat Rev, Jan 2017; Pages:91-104.
- Hayes SC, Spence RR, Galvão DA, Newton RU. Australian Association for Exercise and Sport Science position stand: optimising cancer outcomes through exercise. Journal of Sci and Med in Sport, 2009; 12(4); Pages: 428-34.
How does it work
Once you’re referred to GenesisCare for your treatment, we’ll make an appointment for you to see one of our qualified physiotherapists. They’ll work with you to prescribe a 12-week personalised plan focusing on your side effects, the goals you want to achieve and the physiological outcome you can achieve. The personalised plan includes both aerobic and resistance training, these activities have been clinically shown to provide the most benefit. All our physiotherapists and personal trainers have had training in Exercise Medicine for cancer patients – so you’re in safe hands. Once you start, your physiotherapist will track your progress through reporting on validated outcome measures, these will be taken on your first and last session. They’ll also pass on any relevant information to your consultant.
Our on-site clinics provide easy access to training and equipment and offer:
- Air conditioned exercise suites so you stay cool and comfortable
- Shower and changing facilities, with a locker for your personal items
- A choice of music to exercise to
- An opportunity to meet others
- A programme you can continue after the 12-week prescription, helping you to benefit from a healthier lifestyle after your treatment has finished
You can exercise before or after your chemotherapy or radiotherapy treatments, or at an alternative time to suit you.