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Exercise and fitness

Exercise and cancer

Research shows that exercise benefits most people with cancer during and after treatment. Being active can help manage some of the common side effects of treatment, speed up recovery, and improve your quality of life. Exercise for people living with cancer should be tailored to suit the type and stage of cancer and any side effects.

Before taking part in any exercise program, either during or after treatment, it is important to talk to your oncologist or general practitioner (GP) about any precautions you should take.

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Health professionals you might see

When you visit a service there are a range of health professionals you may see. There could also be other health professionals you see at this service that are not included below.

Exercise physiologist

Physiotherapist

Ask your treatment team

It’s a good idea to ask your treatment team about taking part in an exercise program. You may be able to see an exercise professional at your cancer treatment centre, or your GP may be able to refer you to an exercise physiologist or physiotherapist. You should also take this opportunity to talk to your oncologist or general practitioner (GP) about any precautions you should take before you start exercising.

Questions to ask about this service

When looking at a service it is important to ask questions about how the service works before you decide to engage with them. Below is a list of questions you might like to ask when enquiring about a service.

Am I eligible?

Do I need a referral?

How much will this cost me?

Is there a wait time?

What services do you offer?

Will I be treated as an inpatient or an outpatient?

 

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The inclusion of a service in this directory does not imply any endorsement of or association with that service by Cancer Council Victoria. It should not be considered exhaustive or taken as specific advice.

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Caring for someone with cancer Caring for someone with cancer

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Children with cancer Children with cancer

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Clinical trials and research Clinical trials and research

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Complementary therapies and medicines Complementary therapies and medicines

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Connecting with others Connecting with others

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Emotional support Emotional support

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End of life care End of life care

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Exercise and fitness Exercise and fitness

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Family history and cancer risk Family history and cancer risk

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Fertility Fertility

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Financial services Financial services

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Food and nutrition support Food and nutrition support

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GP services and bulk billing GP services and bulk billing

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Hair loss Hair loss

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Help at home Help at home

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Help with speech Help with speech

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Life after treatment Life after treatment

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Managing lymphoedema (swelling) Managing lymphoedema (swelling)

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Managing stomas and incontinence Managing stomas and incontinence

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Mouth and oral health Mouth and oral health

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Multicultural support services Multicultural support services

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Pain management Pain management

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Palliative care Palliative care

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Physical therapy Physical therapy

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Prosthetics and reconstruction aids Prosthetics and reconstruction aids

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Sexuality and intimacy Sexuality and intimacy

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Support for children and families affected by cancer Support for children and families affected by cancer

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Support for LGBTIQ+ communities Support for LGBTIQ+ communities

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Support for people living with a disability Support for people living with a disability

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Travelling to treatment Travelling to treatment

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Treatment centres Treatment centres

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Workplace Workplace

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