Exercise and Oncology

Cancer and exercise

It may have slipped your notice, but Australia has just become the first country to put forward a position statement that is aimed at prescribing exercise to all cancer patients as part of their treatment. This position statement was prepared by The Clinical Oncology Society of Australia (COSA) which has been endorsed many health organisations around Australia. It states that “Exercise is to be embedded as part of standard practice in cancer care and to be viewed as an adjunct therapy that helps counteract the adverse effects of cancer and its treatment.” Furthermore, best practice cancer care can be via a referral to an Exercise Physiologist or a Physiotherapist with experience in cancer care (1). So how does exercise help with cancer care?

Matthew Byrne

Exercise Physiologist

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