Exercise for individuals living with cancer – not a one size fits all approach

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Why should I see an Accredited Exercise Physiologist?

Accredited Exercise Physiologists have the education, experience, and knowledge to be able to confidently: (Photos here of doing an initial assessment, checking BP, cueing etc)

· Understand cancer pathophysiology, diagnosis, the various stages, and treatments associated
· Understand the cancer continuum i.e., all phases of cancer care: prevention, early detection, diagnosis, pre-treatment, treatment, survivorship, end of life (add cancer continuum picture)
· Understand the symptoms and side effects of cancer and cancer treatments
· Understand how cancer and its various treatments may influence exercise capacity
· Use specific clinical skills to appropriately screen/assess patients prior to participation in exercise
· Use up to date evidence-based practice to prescribe and deliver exercise for people with cancer throughout the entire cancer continuum
· Apply clinical reasoning to maximise the safety and efficacy of exercise for people with cancer including those with complex needs i.e. other comorbidities
· Use evidence-based practice to promote behaviour change, facilitate self-managed exercise and implement strategies to overcome cancer-specific barriers to exercise
· Provide cancer-specific exercise education, advice, and support to enhance the health and well-being of people with cancer

Exercise recommendations should be tailored to the individual’s abilities noting that specific exercise programming adaptations may be required for people with cancer based on disease and treatment-related adverse effects, anticipated disease trajectory and their health status. Accredited Exercise Physiologists and Physiotherapists are the most appropriate and qualified health professionals to be prescribing and administering exercise programs to those individuals living with cancer (Hayes, Newton, Spence and Galvão, 2019).

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