Cancer Rehab is important from the day of cancer diagnosis. Unfortunately cancer rehab in Adelaide is often left to people’s own direction and they often feel quite lost.
Initially the main focus is on the best medical treatment – surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy to treat the specific cancer – but equally important is keeping healthy and managing the side effects of the treatment as well as possible. A major side effect of chemotherapy and radiotherapy is fatigue that can last for several weeks after the treatment has finished.
Unfortunately this fatigue is not relieved significantly by resting but is helped by gentle exercise.
We have recently started a walk in the park at Victoria Park Racecourse with Libby Austin an Oncology Rehabilitation physiotherapist who is happy to guide you on your exercise levels both during and after your treatment.
For specific assistance e.g. regaining mobility following surgery or radiotherapy and setting up individualised exercise programs, Libby sees people at Eastern Sports and spinal Care, 141 Kensington Road, Norwood (on the corner of Kensington and Portrush Road, diagonally opposite Loreto College).
People often need different assistance during the treatment phase to after treatment has finished, however there is good evidence that keeping active throughout the treatment journey improves the effectiveness of treatment, helps reduce the impact of side effects and reduces your risk of developing another primary tumour and improves your quality of life.
The clinical Oncology Society of Australia recommends that all people should do 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise per week and 2-3 resistance exercise sessions per week. However that may seem like a huge challenge and may seem too difficult to achieve.
For this reason we have started the “Walk in the Park” to help people gradually increase their walking tolerance without any pressure, in a lovely park with others who are also striving to keep well followed by a coffee at the kiosk afterwards.
If you would like to join us or know someone who would benefit, bring them along to Victoria Park on Tuesday mornings. We meet at the Grandstand at 9.30am. No walk is too short or too long and then you can have some refreshments at the kiosk afterwards.
There is no cost to participate – but bring money for a coffee or refreshment afterwards.
Almost as important as exercising yourself is maintaining social connection with others. So tell your friends and get them to join you they will be pleased to do something worthwhile for you.