Exercising for people with cancer has many positive benefits
27 July 2015
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How much exercise is enough if you have cancer … what if you have lung cancer?

A new study at The Royal Melbourne Hospital and University of Melbourne is looking at the potential barriers to participating in physical activity for people with lung cancer.

Royal Melbourne Hospital Physiotherapist Dr Catherine Granger said while exercising with any cancer, but particularly lung cancer, can be challenging - being physically active during this time has many positive benefits.

“Being the fittest you can be while undergoing treatment for cancer can help patients tolerate the side effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy,” Dr Granger said.

“Our previous research has shown that many people with lung cancer in Australia have low levels of physical activity and experience a decline in function in the first six months following diagnosis.

“During treatment, only 26 percent of people are meeting the recommended amount of physical activity. Promisingly, people who are more active have improved function, quality of life, and lower levels of depression, anxiety and symptoms.

“We are now looking at what are the potential barriers for people with lung cancer to be physically active.

“When a patient has been diagnosed with lung cancer there is a lot of information to take in and comprehend. It can be really confusing to understand how to manage your health when you are being treated for cancer.”

If you are interested in participating in the ‘Barriers to participating in physical activity for people with lung cancer study’ contact Dr Catherine Granger by emaiing catherine.granger@mh.org.au or phone 0439 854 672.

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