The benefits of exercising during and after cancer treatment include reduced number and severity of treatment-related side effects, improved function and quality of life and likely improvements in survival. However, even though the importance of exercise for cancer survivorship is now widely known, the majority of cancer survivors are not meeting physical activity guidelines. This professional development aims to explore the common barriers to exercise involvement experienced by cancer survivors and suggest ways AEPs can support cancer survivors to maintain or increase their physical activity levels during this unique period.
A brief overview of the benefits of exercise for cancer survivors and current national and international guidelines for exercise and cancer will be followed by an in depth discussion of common barriers; ways of identifying barriers; example solutions to barriers; and, key skills for successfully supporting cancer survivors. The professional development will conclude with two case studies as practical examples of applying the content in clinical practice.
The recording is of a webinar presented by ESSA on 20 July 2016.
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 is currently the Senior Exercise Physiologist on the ECHO trial (Exercise during Chemotherapy for Ovarian cancer) at Queensland University of Technology, which she thinks allows her the perfect blend of research, teaching, and hands-on exercise prescription. Her experience is primarily with colorectal, breast and ovarian cancer survivors, which has given her an understanding of a wide range of cancer-related barriers to exercise. She was an author on the ESSA national position stand on exercise prescription during and following cancer and the “Exercise is Medicine” Fact Sheets.
Dr Spence is passionate about helping cancer survivors to optimise their outcomes through exercise and her favourite part of the job is working one-on-one with cancer survivors and helping them set and meet their exercise goals.
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