Exercise medicine

Supervised Exercise medicine is an integral part of your cancer care. Before, during and after your treatment. At no extra cost.

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.

What are the benefits?

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Before surgery

We recommend that you begin exercising before your treatment, even if it’s just a short programme. It can help to prepare your body for surgery, lead to a faster recovery and can:

  •  Improve your balance
  • Increase your muscle mass and overall strength, meaning you’ll have fewer side effects from treatment
  •  Maintain your general fitness so that everyday activities are easier to do
  • May help to preserve your bone strength
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During treatment

It’s perfectly safe to exercise during your radiotherapy or chemotherapy treatment. Benefits include:

  • Treatment may be more effective – exercising just before your session increases blood flow through the tumour so treatment works better
  • Managing the side-effects of radiotherapy and chemotherapy, including fatigue
  • Preventing, reducing or reversing the side-effects of hormone therapy, including bone loss and fat gain
  • Helping your body to produce healing chemicals to correct the imbalances that cause disease
  • Reducing anxiety and improving your overall mood
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After treatment

After your treatment has finished, carrying on with your exercise plan can help to:

  • Speed up your recovery
  • Regain muscle strength and overall fitness
  • Manage any long-term side-effects
  • Improve your quality of life
  • Stay healthy in the future

Live Life Get Active (LLGA)

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We are proud to be partnering with Live Life Get Active (LLGA) to bring free fitness camps at six locations in Queensland and Victoria. The camps help support hundreds of residents in local communities, including our GenesisCare patients, with fitness sessions to improve their health and well-being.

What is involved in the free exercise sessions?

“A fitter, healthier and happier Australia” is the mission of the Live Life Get Active Camp (LLGA), a non-for-profit organisation who offer free fitness sessions to people in recovery. An important aspect of the camp is to build an active community and increase social connection. The classes are open all generations, all cultures, all social classes to foster environments that build openness and optimism.

What is offered?

  • Active X Training – a wide variety of exercises combining cardio, strength and endurance
  • Active Boxing – lose weight, tone muscles and build strength
  • Active Yoga –   increase flexibility, reduce stress and the risk of injury
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Our camps

Bundaberg

QLD

Hervey Bay

QLD

Maryborough

QLD

Rockhampton

QLD

Albury

VIC

Frankston

VIC

Visit the official LLGA website for more information on locations and read more articles on healthy living on the blog 

A very big thank you GenesisCare, your contribution is very much appreciated. I feel less sluggish, I am noticing a difference in my core muscles and much less lower back discomfort since attending. I leave the practice refreshed and ready to get going. The benefits outweigh any inconvenience and I only have to do whatever I can manage on the day. It's a free blessing for anyone who attends.

Bundaberg Camp

A massive thank you to GenesisCare for the sessions at Albury. You don't know how many lives you're changing. I needed my yoga for my back pain and mental health . I've met some lovely people and reduced the pain and stiffness I was feeling. The yogis and witty yoga teacher were amazing.

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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.

  1. 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)

  2. 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)

References

  1. 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.
  2. 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.