We all know that exercise is good for you. From helping with blood pressure, weight loss and improving mood, exercise in its many forms has been well documented to be great for your health. There are a multitude of research studies which further encourages us to exercise to help with preventing many illnesses and diseases, but what if you’re already sick?

Cancer is one of the leading causes of death in Australasia. In New Zealand alone roughly 22,000 people annually are diagnosed with cancer. The number of cancer survivors however, is increasing and research suggests this will continue to grow with the ageing population over the next decade. What we need to consider is the ongoing after effects of cancer treatments and the health and well-being of cancer survivors.

The word wide public perception is now moving towards quality survivorship of cancer. The benefits of regular exercise and healthy lifestyle practices for cancer survivors are well reported and yet many survivors remain inactive.

The PINC and STEEL Program in Australia and New Zealand is helping to promote this essential information to help encourage men and women who have been diagnosed with cancer to improve their overall health, recovery and survivorship.

There are a multitude of benefits of exercise for cancer patients:

  • Improved aerobic fitness, muscular strength and functional capacity
  • Improvements in quality of life, body image and self esteem
  • Managing lymphedema symptoms
  • Maintaining muscle and bone health
  • Assistance with weight control (especially with hormone therapy patients)
  • Decreased fatigue, pain, depression and anxiety
  • Decreased risk of recurrence of cancer and decreased risk of non-cancer related mortality

The PINC and STEEL programs can help men and women at any stage of their cancer diagnosis or treatment by discussing with them in a supportive environment any concerns they may have and help them on their way to reduce the long-term side effects of cancer treatment, optimise function and maximise recovery so they can return to what they want to achieve.

If you would like more information, please visit the pincandsteel.com website or you can speak with one of our PINC and STEEL physiotherapists at our Grey Lynn, Newmarket, Red Beach and St Heliers studios.

References

New Zealand Ministry of Health – Cancer: New Registrations and Deaths 2013. Published November 2016

www.pincandsteel.com

www.cancer.org