Exercise-therapy is a core component of clinical treatment plans for people with cancer. Prior to commencing any form of exercise-therapy it is important to confirm that your cancer care exercise therapist is university qualified and holds appropriate accreditations. ‘Click here’ to learn more about our cancer care exercise specialist Anne Peters.
Exercise-therapy programs are designed to improve the effectiveness of oncology treatments including chemotherapy, radiotherapy, surgery, hormonal therapy and targeted therapy. By strengthening the body’s heart, lungs, bones and muscles your body is better able to direct your medicine straight to the tumour, reducing damage to your organs and reducing the severity of treatment side-effects such as fatigue, pain, swelling, depression and mobility concerns.
Specific exercise-therapy will also boost your immune system, something that often suffers during cancer treatment. Following just one exercise-therapy session, cells of your immune system known as natural killer cells can increase by 50-500%. By boosting your immune system, you improve your own body’s ability to fight off cancer cells naturally, and reduce the risk of contracting other illnesses during your cancer treatment.