Will this position statement force Governments to fund exercise programs for people with Cancer?
Last week, the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia (COSA) released a position statement on exercise in cancer care. The long and short of it is, they are recommending that prescribed exercise should be a standard part of the cancer treatment pathway.
Their three main recommendations were:
- Exercise to be embedded as part of standard practice in cancer care and to be viewed as an adjunct 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 people with cancer adhere to exercise guidelines.
- Best practice cancer care to include referral to an accredited exercise physiologist and/or physiotherapist with experience in cancer care.
For many years now, research has shown that exercise before, during and after treatments for cancer has many benefits. Including: decreased treatment side-effects, increase ability to complete treatment, improved quality of life, and decreased levels of fatigue.
It is so exciting to see an organization like COSA making these recommendations. Hopefully we will see similar position statements coming out from other organisations around the world. And when we do, hopefully Government funded programs will not be far behind!
If you would like to read COSA’s position statement, you can find it here.
Are you interested in finding out more about how exercise can help you? Do you believe that all people diagnosed with cancer should have access to safe, prescribed, exercise programs? Do you believe these programs should be Government funded?
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