Bowel cancer (also known as Colorectal) is cancer developing in the inner lining of the large bowel, including the colon and rectum. With 1 in 11 males and 1 in 15 females at risk of being diagnosed with this cancer by the age of 85, it is the second most common cancer in both men and women in Australia. Upon diagnosis, a variety of surgical, chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy treatments are commonly utilised, each of which have significant side effects.
Significant research has shown that exercise is essential during and post any cancer treatment to assist in management of side effects and improving quality of life.
Although limited research, the emerging evidence indicates significant improvements in preventing physical decline, assisting management of fatigue and promoting a better quality of life during treatment cycles. Post-treatment exercise has the ability to restore livelihood and complete regular daily activities.
Exercise Right recommends combining multiple forms of exercise for bowel cancer, including:
Seek the advice of an accredited exercise physiologist before undertaking any exercise.