Exercise and Ovarian Cancer: What Do We Know Podcast

Exercise and Ovarian Cancer: What Do We Know Podcast

Exercise and Ovarian Cancer: What Do We Know Podcast

Most people have heard that exercise is important during and following cancer treatment, yet the majority of the evidence for safety, feasibility and efficacy of exercise comes from studies in our most common cancers. What do we know about the safety, feasibility and efficacy of exercise for ovarian cancer survivors?

A consistent body of evidence supports participating in physical activity post-cancer diagnosis as beneficial to function, quality-of-life and potentially survival. However, diagnosis of late stage disease, poor prognosis, receipt of high doses of adjuvant therapy and presence of severe acute and persistent treatment-related side effects may alter how these findings translate to women with ovarian cancer. 

This podcast will highlight the results of a recent systematic review investigating physical activity levels post-diagnosis of women with ovarian cancer, the relationship between physical activity levels and health outcomes and the effect of exercise interventions for women with ovarian cancer. 

This is a recording of an ESSA webinar from 4 August 2020. 

Presented by Dr Rosa Spence, PhD, AEP & Ms Tamara Jones, AEP 

Dr Rosa Spence is a post-doctoral researcher and accredited exercise physiologist with a clinical and research focus on the role of exercise in the management of cancer. Dr Spence has a current research and clinical focus on under-studied populations including women with gynaecological cancers, breast cancer survivors with severe side effects and multiple myeloma survivors. She is an author on the ESSA national position statement on exercise medicine in cancer management and the “Exercise is Medicine” Exercise and cancer fact sheets. Dr Spence is passionate about research that provides the foundation for evidence-based exercise prescription for cancer survivors, as well as working one-on-one with cancer survivors and helping them set and meet their exercise goals.

Ms Tamara Jones is PhD student from QUT who is investigating the role of physical activity and exercise in women with ovarian cancer. Tamara is also an accredited exercise physiologist and member of Exercise and Sports Science Australia and works clinically with people who have cancer to help improve or maintain their health, function and quality of life. 

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