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Exercise and Cancer


Research suggests that exercise benefits most people both during and after cancer treatment. It can also help manage some of the common side effects of treatment.

If care is taken and professional exercise advice is followed closely, the evidence shows there is little risk of exercise causing harm and can improve quality of life.  For some cancers, exercise may even improve treatment outcomes. People with cancer should be as physically active as their abilities and condition allow. (Ref: Exercise for people living with cancer, CCV).

The Clinical Oncology Society of Australia (COSA) 'Position Statement on Exercise in Cancer Care' (access full statement here) calls for: 
  • exercise to be embedded as part of standard practice in cancer care and to be viewed as an adjunct (accompanying) therapy that helps counteract the adverse effects of cancer and its treatment; 
  • all members of the multidisciplinary cancer team to promote physical activity and recommend that people with cancer adhere to exercise guidelines; 
  • and best practice cancer care to include referral to an accredited exercise physiologist or physiotherapist with experience in cancer care.