Oncology Cancer

Welcome to the Live Long and Live Strong Exercise Group, where we believe in the power of movement to enhance well-being during and after cancer treatment. We are dedicated to supporting individuals on their journey to improved health and vitality.

At MK Movement, we understand the unique challenges that come with a cancer diagnosis, which is why we offer tailored exercise programs designed to meet the specific needs and abilities of each participant. Whether you’re currently undergoing treatment, in remission, or in survivorship, our evidence-based exercise interventions are carefully crafted to promote strength, endurance, flexibility, and overall quality of life.

Benefits of our exercise program

      • Reduce treatment-related muscle loss and feel stronger
      • Increase cardiovascular fitness so you’re less puffed out
      • Learn how to utilise resistance training to increase bone density
      • Improve your balance and neuromuscular control which may be impacted by peripheral neuropathy
      • Reduce fatigue and have more energy to get through daily tasks including return to work
      • Reduce complications and aid recovery for cancer-related surgeries
      • Increase your natural vascular pump to reduce lymphoma related swelling
      • Be able to better tolerate treatments such as chemo and radiation

How Does the Program Work?

Enrolment/referral

People who have been previously or are currently diagnosed with cancer are eligible for this program. Individuals can self-refer or be referred to the ‘Live Long and Live Strong’ Program through any practitioner in their primary health care team, or our website contact form.

Consultation/assessment

Our exercise physiologist Ciella will contact you and provide you with information about the service to make sure this is the right fit for you. You will then be scheduled for a face to face consultation and assessment with Ciella.

The initial appointment with our Oncology exercise physiologist Ciella

Your exercise physiologist will conduct a pre-activity health screening and assess your health-related physical fitness in order to individualise your exercise prescription. This exercise prescription will be tailored to your type of cancer, treatment history, the severity of any symptoms/side effects, and your general health history, physical abilities and personal preferences. The personalised exercise prescription will be designed using international guidelines for best practice exercise medicine.

Individual Exercise session

You will then attend 1 x 45 minute, face to face exercise consult with Ciella at the Sunshine Leisure Centre. You will be shown how to complete your individualised exercise program during this session to ensure you are familiarised with the program prior to starting in the group.

Final Consultation

Once you have completed the 3-month program you will have another 1 x 45, face to face consult with Ciella. This is to re-assess your health status and provide feedback on your progress following the completion of the program. A variety of options to continue exercising will also be discussed, such as joining again, exercising solo or trying a different option.

Training Details

Once per week on Friday @ 1pm at the Sunshine Leisure Centre.

Sessions are 60mins in length.

Groups are capped to 8 people.

Sessions are supervised by a clinical exercise physiologist with further training and qualifications in exercise oncology.

What Type of Exercise to Expect?

Aerobic exercises consisting of prolonged, rhythmic activities using the large muscle groups (e.g., walking, cycling or arm ergometer, cross trainer, or stair climber).

Resistance exercises include using either free weights, resistance machines, or weight-bearing functional tasks (e.g., sit to stand), targeting all major muscle groups.

Flexibility exercises include either stretching or range of motion exercises of all major muscle groups. These exercises will also address specific areas of joint and/or muscle restrictions that can happen with surgery, chemotherapy or radiation treatment.

Bone strengthening exercise includes forms of heavier weight bearing motions that help counteract the decline of osteoporosis and osteopenia which can be accelerated by different forms of breast and prostate cancer treatments.

Balance exercises will also be included to help with re-gaining confidence after being off your feet for a long period of time as well as assist with side effects such as peripheral neuropathy. Balance exercise may assist with reducing peripheral neuropathy symptoms.

Cost

$450