A thorough screening for cancer comorbidities and exercise contraindications should take place by your GP or specialist before commencing your exercise program.
Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP)
Following this, it is essential for exercise programs to be individualised according to your treatment status, disease stage, functional capacity, physical limitations, exercise history and preferences.
It’s recommended you consult an Accredited Exercise Physiologist before you commence exercise. AEPs play an integral role in prevention, supporting the medical management and optimising recovery following diagnosis. The goals of exercise therapy vary depending on whether you are receiving initial treatment for a new diagnosis, are in remission, or are receiving treatment for a recurrence.
Oncology Rehabilitation Group
Exercise Right recommends an oncology rehabilitation group at a hospital or community centre. Not only does it help you return to exercise but most programs usually incorporate an education component and provide you with a fantastic group environment for social and emotional support.
Note: Bone marrow transplant patients should avoid exercising in public places that have high risk of microbial contamination.
Exercise in the mid-morning to afternoon
Exercise Right recommends exercising mid-morning to afternoon depending on when your fatigue levels are their lowest.
Important tips when considering Right Time:
- Monitor according to cycle of treatment and associated fatigue.
- No exercise on days of intravenous chemotherapy or within 24 hrs of treatment.
- No exercise before blood draw.
If fatigue is high on certain days it is best you have a rest day.