Being diagnosed with cancer is an overwhelming time for an individual. Thinking about commencing an exercise regime seems less important than your hospital appointments and treatment let alone your other responsibilities. However, treatments for cancer such as chemotherapy and radiation along with others can have a detrimental effect on the body with many side effects such as: fatigue, muscle deterioration, weight loss or gain, anxiety/depression, decrease of bone density and quality of life. Maintaining fitness during this time can help with the deconditioned body afterwards and research has shown that exercise can have significant benefits in the recovery of patients, and in the management of pain.
We do not work in isolation but will coordinate with other professionals you may be seeing to ensure a coordinated and efficient approach to your wellbeing.
HEART AND LUNG HEALTH
If you’ve been told by your GP that you have a heart or lung health condition and you find it hard to complete your normal everyday tasks then exercise could be the key to improving these areas of your health. Exercise may seem daunting however, it can improve heart and lung function and enhance your quality of life.
Our Exercise Physiologists have specialist training through The Lung Foundation with a program called ‘Lungs in Action’. The Lungs in Action program provides appropriate exercise suitable to your medical history, contraindications of your health condition, and your current level of fitness.
The benefits of appropriately prescribed exercise include:
- Stronger and more efficient heart and lung muscles
- Reduced breathlessness and shallow breathing
- Reduced fatigue and exhaustion
- Improved physical capacity
- Improved cardiovascular fitness
- Improved strength
- Improved mobility and flexibility
- Improved sleep
- Improved posture (to assist with breathing)
- Prevention of further life-threatening cardiovascular health conditions (Stroke, Heart attack)
We will also consult with your other Health Care Professionals, such as your GP, Cardiologist, Pulmonary specialist and/or surgeon regarding your rehabilitation and progress.