ABC Catalyst: Exercise and Cancer

Fiona_BCNAFiona_BCNA Staff Posts: 82
edited September 2016 in Health and wellbeing

Last Night ABC Catalyst aired a story on exercise and cancer. The program explored the research and benefits of exercise during active cancer treatment. One Australian trial being undertaken by Professor Rob Newton at Edith Cowan University in Perth is looking at the benefits of exercise during chemotherapy treatment, including for breast cancer patients. While the trial is still ongoing, early results have been very positive.

 

We highly recommend watching this Catalyst episode, which can been found on ABC iView - http://iview.abc.net.au/programs/catalyst/SC1502H014S00.

 

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  • primekprimek Broken HillMember Posts: 5,021
    edited May 2016

    My oncologist highly recommended it and said fatigue and heart damage were lessened if you could do it.

  • annebirdyannebirdy Member Posts: 69
    edited May 2016

    That's really interesting. Any tips on how to find a good exercise physiologist who has experience with those who are treating cancer? I'm in inner west Sydney

  • maryroset1maryroset1 Member Posts: 240
    edited May 2016

    Yes i was wondering the same thing..i am in the eastern suburbs of melbourne.

    Maryrose 

  • NattyNatty Member Posts: 23
    edited May 2016

    Hi ladies,

    I am Nat one of the participants from the trial that was aired on Catalyst last night.  I am online and happy to answer any questions anyone may have about being part of this program.  The most important thing I have learned from being part of this Exercise and Cancer trial is that having a go can give you pleasing and unexpected results.  So if you can please try and add some exercise to your daily routine (of course check with your doctors/oncologists first).

    Take care,

    Nat xx

  • primekprimek Broken HillMember Posts: 5,021
    edited May 2016

    Most GPs can do a health care plan and refer you to an exercise physiologist who could set you up with a program dependent on your limitations and areas requiring strength improvement. You can then have 4 sessions under medicare. They wouldn't  need to be cancer doecific ones. ..they understand the needs of most diseases and could research if they needed also. My oncologist just recommended 30 mins aerobic a day, such as walking and weight / strength trsining  x 3 times a week.

  • primekprimek Broken HillMember Posts: 5,021
    edited May 2016

    I can't  imagine doing a program following my AC chemo on the day...but thought it could be doable beforehand. Did you find the drugs made you sleepy or dizzy?

  • Fiona_BCNAFiona_BCNA Staff Posts: 82
    edited May 2016

    Hi AnneBirdy and Maryrose,

    You GP or oncologist can refer you to an accredited exercise physiologist they think would be suitable under a GP Management Plan and a Team Care Arrangement (MBS Item 721). Alternatively you can do a specific search here - https://www.essa.org.au/find-aep/.

    I would suggest discussing a referral plan and your eligibility for Medicare, Work Cover, Veterans Affairs, TAC and Health Insurance rebates with your medical practitioner. 

    Warmest Regards,

    Fiona

  • Ann-MarieAnn-Marie Member Posts: 1,158
    edited May 2016

    Hi Nat,

    Thank you for offering your support to the members here.

    Ann-Marie x

  • Scared MumScared Mum Member Posts: 167
    edited May 2016

    Well done Nat you did a great job :) my brother called me to say I needed to watch ABC now!!  to find it was you on the show your a star!!!!  

    My Nat has been going to an exercise physiologist here in Adelaide for a few weeks now ( not on her chemo day but 2 days after ) she has lost a lot of weight and muscle mass on chemo,  she feels a great improvement in her muscle strength. I would definitely recommend it  wish we new about it earlier in her treatment. 

    Congrats 

    Cheers Sue

  • iserbrowniserbrown Regional VictoriaMember Posts: 3,584
    edited May 2016

    Hi!  Jane has commented previously about exercise through the Encore program - here's the link for anyone that maybe interested and if it is available in your area

    http://www.ywcaencore.org.au/

    ywca encore is a free 8-week program for women who have experienced breast cancer.

    Cheers

  • NattyNatty Member Posts: 23
    edited May 2016

    Hi Primek,

    I found that I felt better after the exercise sessions I did during my Chemotherapy Treatment. However, I did find getting the motivation to start the exercise sessions difficult, but once I started to see the benefits of each exercise session, the positives soon outweighed the negatives.  I did feel sleepy/fatigued at times but that usually came in the afternoons after I had my Chemo and Exercise sessions.  I was fortunate not to feel any dizziness during my Chemo or throughout any of my exercise sessions.

    Much love,

    Nat :)

     

     

     

     

  • maryroset1maryroset1 Member Posts: 240
    edited May 2016

    Hey nat

    I caught the tail end of the program. Its been two years since my diagnosis and was wondering whether tailored exercise was found to be beneficial after treatment as well.

    Maryrose 

     

  • NattyNatty Member Posts: 23
    edited May 2016

    My pleasure Ann-Marie, if I can pass on anything from my BC journey so far I am more than happy to pay it forward!

    Nat :)

  • NattyNatty Member Posts: 23
    edited May 2016

    Thank you Sue!

    Yay for your Nat, I am sure going to the exercise sessions whenever they maybe are only doing positive things for her body!  To feel strong during the treatment, which is so taxing on our bodies, is one of the positive outcomes to exercise during treatment! 

    I am now 5 months post BC treatment and have commenced delayed breast reconstruction and still feel stronger than I ever have before, and am also getting through some tough surgeries better than expected.  I feel that resistant training has helped me on so many levels!

    Much love,

    Nat :)

     

     

     

  • NattyNatty Member Posts: 23
    edited May 2016

    Hi Maryrose,

    I am not sure if I can clinically answer that one Maryrose, as we all started the exercise program from the time we started our Chemo.

    I am still continuing on the tailored exercise program post BC treatment and feel that it helps me on so many levels not only physically but also mentally and socially :)

    Take care,

    Nat xx

     

     

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