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Published 2019

Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA)

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An extensive and growing body of scientific research has established exercise as a particularly potent medicine for the management of cancer. In fact, the science suggests that exercise is one of the best medicines people with cancer can take in addition to their cancer treatments. That’s because people who exercise regularly following a cancer diagnosis experience fewer and less severe side effects.

Based on the level of evidence available, leading national and international cancer organisations recommend people with cancer adhere with evidence-based guidelines. Importantly, these guidelines specify that exercise should be individually tailored to each cancer patient based on an extensive range of factors including, but not limited to: their cancer type, stage and prognosis; treatment history, current and upcoming treatments; symptoms and side-effects of the disease and its treatment; current health status and physical abilities; and patient goals.

Accredited Exercise Physiologists are the most appropriate health professionals to individually tailor the exercise prescription, education and advice required to maximise the safety and effectiveness of exercise for people with cancer. Furthermore, the peak professional organisation representing all health care professionals involved in the care of people with cancer (Clinical Oncology Society of Australia) has identified that best practice cancer care incorporates a referral to Accredited Exercise Physiologists with experience in cancer care.

This eBook provides an overview of the critical role Accredited Exercise Physiologists play in the care team of people with cancer.